Speculation: Who should the Blazers bring in for Round 2 of pre-draft workouts?
Who should the Blazers bring in for Round 2
The Portland Trail Blazers have already held three pre-draft workouts, with a few more coming down the pipe. We don't know who will be in town for those workouts, but here are a few prospects we think (or hope) get the call to workout in Portland...
Khyri Thomas: 6'3", 210lbs, Shooting Guard
Thomas has been linked to the Blazers in some mock drafts and would be a perfect 3 and D guard to add to the mix with CJ and Dame.
Strength: Very good on the defensive end... Career 40% shooter from behind the arc... Ball handling and athleticism allow him to thrive in ISO situations
Weakness: Undersized for an NBA guard... Struggles as a facilitator in the pick-and-roll...Has a tendency to turn the ball over
Troy Brown: 6'7", 215lbs, Forward
Portland needs depth at the small forward position, and Brown fits the bill. Like Thomas, Brown has been linked to the Blazers in some mock drafts. Plus, who doesn't want to see this former Duck come to town?
Strength: Very high ceiling... Versatile on the offensive end and can create for himself in a variety of ways... Great size at 6'7", 215lbs and a near 6'11" wingspan.
Weakness: Lacks NBA range on his jump shot; shot just 29% from three last season... Turns the ball over at a high clip, averaging 3.1 last season... Is a good defender, but needs to improve his lateral quickness to stay in front of quicker players in the NBA
Lonnie Walker – 6’5”, 196lb, Shooting Guard
Walker has shown talent in flashes and there is plenty of potential for him to develop into a 3 and D player in this league. However, many mock drafts have him going late in the lottery.
Strength: Has a near 6’11 wingspan… Shows good potential as a defender… Good shot creator.
Weakness: Lacks court vision as a passer…Not a great ball handler in traffic… Can be pushed around by bigger guards.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – 6’6”, 180lb, Guard
Gilgeous-Alexander is a versatile guard with great aggression on defense. He would fit well in Portland's scheme.
Strength: Can be a spark plug type player… great on and off the ball defensively, with the ability to bottle up quicker ball handlers… Ball handling skills make him dangerous in ISO situations.
Weakness: Hit on 40% of his threes, but attempted just 1.5 per game. He may not be a true 3 and D guy… average athletically… Has low shot release, giving defenders ease to block shots
Chandler Hutchison – 6’7”, 193lb, Shooting Guard
Hutchison has been linked to the Blazers since before the combine. Since Hutchison didn't participate in the NBA Combine, now would be a great time to bring him in so the Blazers staff can take a look.
Strength: Fits the NBA’s 3 and D mold… Showed consistent improvement every season for the Broncos… Great rebounder for his position.
Weakness: Struggles to stay in front of quicker defenders… Good shooter off the catch, but below average off the dribble… Can tend to force the issue offensively.
De’Anthony Melton – 6’3”, 193lbs, Guard
Melton may be the best defender in the draft, but he hasn't shown a ton on the offensive end. Is it still worth it for Portland to take a look?
Strength: One of the best defensive guards in the draft… Is only 6’3”, but has a 6’9” wingspan… Elite rebounder for his position
Weakness: Limited offensively… struggles from distance, shooting just 28% from deep… Poor dribbling mechanics leave him open to turnovers.
Rawle Alkins – 6’4”, 217lb, Shooting Guard
Alkins makes a living on the defensive end and shoots the ball well enough to fit the 3 and D model the Blazers are looking for.
Strength: On-ball defense is his calling card… Tends to stay out of foul trouble…. Very thick at 217lbs, and boasts a near 6’9” wingspan, giving him the versatility to guard anyone on the floor.
Weakness: Has a tendency to be sloppy with the ball… Defense off the ball is not bad, but could use improvement at the next level…Struggles from the free throw line, shooting just 72%.