2019 Trail Blazers Mock Draft 3.0
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...
Grant Williams, Tennessee
Williams is a very skilled power forward who can really fill up a stat sheet. You will need to improve his perimeter shot in the NBA, regardless he would fit in well with the Blazers roster.
Said Kyle Boone of CBS Sports, "while this may be seen as a reach for Portland, it would be a perfect fit. Williams can run the short roll in the Blazers' offense and give Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum another weapon to roll teams with."
Mfiondu Kabengele, Florida State
SI.Com has the Blazers taking Mfiondu Kabengele of Florida State.
Kabengele is another solid big man that could slot well alongside Zach Collin while the Blazers wait for Jusuf Nurkic to return from injury.
Said Jeremy Woo of SI, "he’s big, athletic, shoots with touch and was exceptionally productive on a per-minute basis at Florida State... The Blazers will be in position to grab the best player available here, and if it’s someone who can help them next season, even better. They have primarily worked out wings for this pick, but given Jusuf Nurkic’s health situation, adding another big who can space the floor and rebound makes sense on some level."
KZ Okpala, Stanford
The Athletic has the Blazers picking KZ Okpala of Stanford.
Okpala has been linked to the Blazers in previous mock drafts and was brought in for an official workout in Portland on June 13th.
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.
Said Sam Vecenie of The Athletic, "Okpala is the kind of high-upside player the Blazers tend to value, though. Best of all, he fits a position of need as a combo forward who can create off the dribble, knock down shots, and potentially even become useful defensively one day.
Luka Somanic, Croatia
Bleacher Report has the Blazers taking Croatia's Luka Somanic.
Somanic is just 19-years-old, but he already has two years of professional basketball under his belt.
He's a big man that can space the floor, but the jump to the NBA will be a big one.
Are the Blazers ready to take a risk on a guy that we know little about?
Kevin Porter, USC
Basketball Insiders has the Blazers taking USC's Kevin Porter at No.25.
Porter has a lot of upside, but his motor and attitude have been question marks during his time at USC. Would he be a good locker room fit?
He also plays guard, which isn't really a position of need for the Blazers... unless they are looking to plug the gap that could be left by Seth Curry and Rodney Hood.