2011 NBA Mock Draft: Comparing Expert Opinions, Portland Lands Darius Morris
2011 NBA Mock Draft Gives Trail Blazers Young Floor General
The Portland Trail Blazers showed a lot of fire in their first round series against the Dallas Mavericks. Although, they fell to the Mavs Portland prove dhow tough of a team they are at home playing in the Rose Garden.
One of the needs that they should try to address in this year's draft is adding more depth to their point guard position. Andre Miller is no spring chicken at 35 years old and it's time for Portland to find someone who Miller can pass the torch to.
Enter Darius Morris, who interestingly, ESPN's Chad Ford views as a younger Miller:
Morris' best comp in the league may be a young Andre Miller. He's a big, power guard who sees the floor well and can make the spectacular pass. He's not an elite athlete or a great shooter yet, but he's the most improved player in college basketball this year.
In a team with size in LeMarcus Aldrige and slashing in Gerald Wallace, an unselfish player like Morris becomes an ideal choice. NBADraft.net adds:
Morris could be the only "pure" PG in the entire draft. A big point with excellent floor general abilities. He lacks great quickness but shows the ability to run a team and make those around him better.
The Blazers could also go for a scorer like Jordan Hamilton to add more punch to their bench. But if Morris is available, they can't pass on him.
My pick: Darius Morris, PG, Michigan
Weight: 190 lbs.
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