Mock Draft 4.0: What will Portland do at #24?
Mock Draft 4.0
It's nearing draft night which means it is time for another edition of our Trail Blazers Mock Draft! This time we asked around the office and got Jason Quick, Dwight Jaynes, Jamie Hudson, Serena Winters, and Aaron Fentress to chime in with thier picks (or not!). Plus, a quick search around the internet to see who other sites have the Trail Blazers picking at #24.
Jason Quick and Serena Winters
Troy Brown, Oregon
There’s never going to be a perfect fit at No. 24, but Troy Brown checks a lot of the boxes the Blazers need: depth at wing, defensive versatility and the ability to handle the ball and initiate offense. The one box left unchecked: outside shooting. But Brown says he has improved and the Blazers’ coaching staff has a way of developing players, particularly with their shot. He’s also young (turns 19 in July), so there’s plenty of time to improve.
Read: "Troy Brown, a point guard trapped in a wing's body"
If you can’t use the pick as an asset in a trade to help acquire a vet and/or move a bad contract (my vote!), I say you go with hometown kid. Despite a disappointing year for Oregon, Brown showed he’s got the playmaking ability and size that translates to the NBA. And, defensively, he actually works on D! He’ll need to get quicker on that end of the floor, but his playmaking ability is hard to pass up if he’s still available at No. 24.
Dwight Jaynes and Jamie Hudson
Dwight Jaynes: With the No. 24 pick, I don’t see a player at that point in this relatively weak draft who would provide any sort of immediate help to the Trail Blazers. And with Caleb Swanigan, Wade Baldwin and Zach Collins likely on the roster next season, there will be enough young players in the development process without adding another one. To obtain a rotation player, it will obviously require more than just the draft pick, of course. The Trail Blazers would need to include a player on the current roster, perhaps, to make that deal and don’t forget that they have a couple of trade exceptions, too.
Jamie Hudson: I think the Trail Blazers will ultimately trade their #24 pick and trade out of the draft. Perhaps a package deal that includes Evan Turner or Maurice Harkless would be enough to get the Blazer there right piece in return that they are looking for.
Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
Aaron Fentress: Portland needs to trade this pick to acquire a veteran player that could actually help the team within the window of Damian Lillard’s prime. But, if an adequate trade option doesn’t materialize, a strong draft selection would be that of Chandler Hutchison out of Boise State. The senior is a rangy 6-foot-7 with shooting range, and given his experience, he could help right away.
This assumes that the team that supposedly promised Hutchison they would take him between 20-30, doesn't select before the Blazers.