2019 Trail Blazers Mock Draft 1.0
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The Trail Blazers have the 25th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and there are plenty of talented players for the Blazers to pick from.
The lottery is behind us, the combine has come and gone, and the Blazers have held one official pre-draft workout. Now the experts around the league are working feverishly to update their mock drafts.
Let's take a look at who some of the latest mock drafts have the Blazers selecting...
Luguentz Dort, Arizona State
The Ringer has the Blazers picking Luguentz Dort.
Dort was actually at the Blazers pre-draft workouts on Friday, so the Blazers have an eye on him early.
In the latest mock draft from the Ringer, they likened Dort to a Marcus Smart type player, at least physically on the defensive end. He isn't very polished offensively, but his defense would be a welcomed addition.
Dort averaged 16.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season while shooting 40.5% from the floor and 30.7% from deep.
Chuma Okeke, Auburn
On an Auburn team that made it to the Final Four, Okeke was the best player. That was until he unfortunately tore his ACL in the Sweet Sixteen. Portland would have to take its time with Okeke's rehab, but it could pay off big for them in the end.
As Fansided broke it down, "The playoffs showed that the Blazers could use some 3-and-D help and they can find some late in the first round in Chuma Okeke, who suffered a torn ACL during the NCAA Tournament.That caused his stock to drop a bit, but Okeke is 6’8″ and 230 pounds, and can play both forward positions. He can shoot the 3-ball, is a versatile and strong defender, and does all the little things to help the team win."
Okeke averaged 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season while shooting 49.6% from the floor and 38.7% from deep.
KZ Okpala, Stanford
Ben Standig of NBC Sports has the Blazers selecting KZ Okapla from Stanford.
Said Standig, "We know the Blazers have that dynamic backcourt with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Anyone watching the postseason also witnessed the lack of pop from the forward positions. The lengthy Okpala is an adept scorer with good length and good athleticism, though his handle needs work."
Okpala averaged 16.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last season while shooting 46.3% from the floor and 36.8% from deep.
Talen Horton-Tucker, Iowa State
Yahoo Sports has the Blazers selecting Talen Horton-Tucker.
Tucker is a big bodied guard, standings at 6'4" and 235 pounds. Defense is his selling point, with his offense still needing some work. But does Portland really need another guard?
Gary Parrish of CBS Sports on Horton-Tucker, he's "still only 18 years old; so patience will likely be required. But Horton-Tucker's ability to play multiple positions makes him an interesting prospect."
Horton-Tucker averaged 11.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season while shooting 40.6% from the floor and 30.8% from deep.
Grant Williams, Tennessee
Gary Parrish of CBS Sports has the Blazers selecting Grant Williams in his latest mock draft.
Williams knows how to fill up a stat sheet. Whether it's points, blocks, rebounds, or assists, he can do it all. He is a two-time SEC Player of the Year and was a consensus first team All-American in 2019.
Said Parrish, "It's true that the 6-7 forward is neither a great athlete nor a serious threat from the perimeter. But Williams really knows how to play. And, more and more often, players who are described that way are carving out roles for themselves in the NBA. Perhaps Williams can be the next."
Willams averaged 18.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season while shooting 56.5% from the floor and 32.6% from deep.