Being a Portland based website with its founders being alumni of the University of Oregon and growing up inherent fans of the Portland Trailblazers, it's no secret where our loyalties lie. We always strive to present completely unbiased material, but every now and then, we like to focus in on a piece that pertains to our interests. In this case, it’s whom we think that the Trail Blazers franchise should take with that 21st pick, assuming they keep it.
There are a number of issues surrounding the organization right now that could impact this pick, such as what to do with Brandon Roy, if they keep or deal Andre Miller and Marcus Camby, give Greg Oden another chance or who they choose to be the next GM. We built this list assuming they are looking for value at 21 to help this roster next year, with the obvious hole being at point guard of the future and immediate help in the post.
We generated a list of the top 10 prospects, based on our accumulated Draft knowledge of the 2011 prospects we have seen play first hand and extensively researched though out the past year, that we think would be "best fits" for the uprising team and who will likely be available where that selection currently resides. This Draft is more promising at the forward position in the first round, and you can find a decent point guard in the second round at 51, but there are some nice point guards worth a look at 21.
Keep in mind this is theoretical, Blazer fans, as recent Portland draft history tends to favor some shake-ups and moves happening on Draft day, and 21 may not be where we end up picking. If they do keep the pick and expect to get a real player out of it, this is who we project as the best picks and why.
That said, SwishScout.com presents “The Top Draft Prospects For The Blazers With The 21st Pick.”
Note: On every player, you can click their name or country to take you to a more detailed profile for an extensive scouting report and highlights on the respective prospect.