It's safe to say most NBA players, especially prospects, would hate to be labeled as "tweener" contributors. But there isn't really another way to describe combo forward Melvin Ejim.
He's been compared to the likes of DeMarre Carroll or P.J. Tucker as a forward who can play both positions, but he doesn't exactly excel in either. It wouldn't be too much of a stretch to compare Ejim to the Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green, who became an integral impact player in the playoffs.
He wasn't a focal point, but his diverse array of skills filled in the gaps with so many injuries hampering the Warriors.
The style of Ejim's play is probably driven home hard enough for now, but he'd really benefit in the Blazers' system. He doesn't need the ball to succeed but can help out in many areas.
His 6'7", 219-pound stature and 6'11" wingspan falls right in that "tweener" category. Ejim is heavy and long enough to defend down low but doesn't have much size. On the perimeter, he's a tad too slow to keep up with quicker wing players despite fitting there in terms of height.
Aside from that, Ejim's skill on the boards, off-ball and in catch-and-shoot situations makes him perfect for the Blazers. He shot 34.6 percent from deep this season, converting on 1.3 three-point shots per game.
His defense isn't great, but it isn't a huge issue within Portland's system. The pace the team plays at masks some of its players' defensive woes, hence Ejim would be able to rotate and work within that. He did average 0.7 blocks and 1.2 steals, but neither is likely to truly translate to the NBA level.
Of all those listed, he probably offers the most diverse skill set of all. He might not have the size or quickness of most forwards, but he more than makes up for it in other areas.
On top of that, Ejim is a senior who is already 23 years old. That'd normally be a knock against his stock, but as Portland looks to add experience to a young roster, Ejim fits in seamlessly.