The Blazers should actually be in a great position in this draft seeing as they will have two lottery picks, but they can't let that go to their head.
Plenty of teams have screwed up top picks.
With both of these lottery picks, they need to draft for value, and draft players that are good now.
The pick that they got from New Jersey should be an excellent pick. Right now it is slated as the fourth pick overall.
That being said, this pick will be a substantial challenge.
If Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is there, take him. He will be a top defender.
If Thomas Robinson is there, take him. He will be a stud rebounder.
But there is a chance that both of those guys are gone, and this is where things become challenging.
Andre Drummond will be tempting, but he is too much of a project. Last year his offensive game look paltry, his defense timid, and his rebounding pedestrian.
Perry Jones should be avoided at all costs; seven footers that think they are shooting guards are not suited to this league.
Portland needs to get this pick right, and that means drafting someone who has at least one skill that translates at the next level.
If they can't get that, they should consider dealing the pick.
I mean, do you really want to gamble on an undersized Bradley Beal or a string bean like Jeremy Lamb just because you need a shooting guard?
Regardless of position, the Blazers need to draft for value here.
The second pick is a lot less of a gamble.
They could get a big like Tyler Zeller or Meyers Leonard, or maybe even a point guard.
But there is also a chance that Harrison Barnes is there. If so, the Blazers need to gobble him up, even if they got lucky and got Kidd-Gilchrist earlier.
This team needs talent everywhere, and need to get sure things regardless of position.
At worst, you have two excellent wings. At best, you have more trade options.
The Blazers need to get someone that can help right away, and a project won't help here either.
Look at the top teams out there. With the exception of the Lakers and Andrew Bynum, not a lot of top teams have projects that have panned out.
Teams like the Spurs routinely find gems at all levels, and other top squads like Oklahoma City rarely miss on top picks.
This draft is crucial to Portland, and could turn this franchise around quickly if done right.
The Blazers need a sure thing, not a project.