NBA Draft: Bradley Beal to the Portland Trail Blazers?

Mike UlstadContributor IIIMay 4, 2012

Does Bradley Beal fit with the Blazers?
Does Bradley Beal fit with the Blazers?Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Bradley Beal has Portland fans excited for multiple reasons. The main one being that he resembles former Blazer's All-Star guard Brandon Roy in many ways. Ironically, he would be filling the scoring role that Brandon Roy left at guard. Beal would be called upon to be a pure scorer from the shooting guard position and would fit in nicely with Nicolas Batum, Lamarcus Aldridge, and whichever point guard Portland either drafts or goes out and signs. 

There are questions as to whether or not Beal will be available at the number six pick, but if he is still on the board, should the Blazers pick him?

Why they should:

Beal's ability to score is unprecedented, and he may be the best scoring prospect in the draft. He can create open mid-range jumpers for himself off the dribble. In addition to this, Beal has good size for an NBA shooting guard, and will get stronger in the league with more playtime. He may not be a point guard or center–which are the teams biggest needs–but Beal is potentially the second most talented player in the draft.

Why they shouldn't:

There aren't a lot of reasons Portland shouldn't draft Beal if he is still there at pick number six. If, for some reason, Andre Drummond is still available there may be a bit of a conflict, but other than that it would be tough to justify passing up Beal here. A part of his game he does need to improve upon, however, is getting to the basket. Portland will need him to drive and as well as shoot in order for him to become a big time scoring guard in the NBA.

Now its your turn to weigh in, if Beal is available at pick number six, should he be selected? Or should Portland focus on their main needs which are point guard and center?

Bradley Beal

Height:  6-4

Weight: 207

College: University of Florida

Stats: 14.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists