2019 Trail Blazers Mock Draft 2.0
Time to update the mock draft...
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...
PJ Washington, Kentucky
The latest mock draft from The Big Lead has the Blazers selecting Kentucky forward PJ Washington.
Washington is a solid big who averaged 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists last season for the Wildcats.
Said The Big Lead, "his passing was in the realm of good to great this past season at Kentucky and his role as a facilitator off the pick and roll seems likely as he develops He’s able to hold his own defensively, but his downsides include an inability to finish at the basket, a three-point shot that’s a work in progress, and inconsistent effort. It will be a while before Washington can become the fully realized version of what Portland needs"
Luka Samanic, Olimpija Ljubljana
Forbes has the Blazers selecting Luka Samanic of Olimpija Ljubljana. Samanic is just 19 years old but has two years of professional basketball overseas under his belt.
Mike Tokito of Forbes says Samanic is a "skilled 19-year-old big man, Samanic might be a bit of a flyer. But the Blazers once hit the jackpot in 2008 with an unknown No. 25 draft pick from Europe in Nicolas Batum, who became a cornerstone player with 428 starts for them."
What's in a name? Luka Doncic could be this season's Rookie of the Year, so we're all for the Blazers drafting the next Luka.
Keldon Johnson, Kentucky
Johnson put together a nice season at Kentucky, averaging 13.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. The only interesting part about this pick is that guard is not the Blazers weakness. They have Lillard and McCollum running the show, with Anfernee Simons appearing to be the guard in waiting to pick up the scoring with the bench unit.
Says CBS Sports, "Portland's two-guard attack -- Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum -- is as lethal a duo as they come. But the dropoff from the first unit to the second unit is steep. Johnson can bolster the depth at shooting guard, and he's long enough to play small forward, too. His 3-and-D skill set is plug and play for a team like the Trail Blazers."
Kevin Porter Jr., USC
Sam Vecenie has the Blazers selecting Kevin Porter Jr. out of USC.
Porter would be a steal for the Blazers. A lot of experts have him as a top 15 prospect, so a fall to 25 would a gift for Portland. However, you run the same problem you do with Keldon Johnson - Do the Blazers really need another guard?
Said Vecenie, "there have been some questions that have come up about Porter’s work ethic and coachability. Because NBA teams are risk averse, the word is that Porter is falling on draft night...at the end of the day, Porter’s talent is immense. His shiftiness is elite, and his ability to create plays in space is something few players can bring to the table...Additionally, in Portland, being around consummate pros like Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum would be a terrific environment."
Luguentz Dort, Arizona State
The Ringer has the Blazers picking Luguentz Dort.
Dort was actually at the Blazers pre-draft first round workouts, so the Blazers do have an eye on him.
The Ringer calls Dort "a power wing built like an NFL defensive end, with shot-creation skills plagued by iffy shooting and decision-making."
That sounds bad, but they also compare him to Victor Oladipo and Marcus Smart... that sounds good.