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Kansas' Josh Selby has seen his stock drop rapidly throughout his freshman year in college from a lottery pick, to a mid- to late first-rounder or possibly even a second-round pick. Though he's very gifted athletically, Selby's immaturity and poor decision making on and off the court have really hurt his draft stock.
Several mock drafts have Selby potentially going to the Blazers at No. 21, since they do need some youth at the point. However, Selby's score-first mentality doesn't fit well with Portland's need for a pure point guard.
The perplexing decision to enter the NBA draft after one underwhelming, controversy-plagued season certainly doesn't make him any more attractive. Selby certainly could've used some more time at KU to develop his passing and his decision making, as well as his overall basketball IQ.
Selby's quickness and ability to get to the rim are impressive, he can run a fast break as well as any college guard, but he calls his own number just a little too often and has trouble getting the rest of his teammates involved.
Selby didn't exactly demonstrate great chemistry with his fellow Jayhawks and the Blazers thrive on Andre Miller knowing the strengths and limitations of each player. Whether he's running a high pick-and-roll/pop with L.A. or a drive-and-kick play with Wes Matthews at the three-point line, the Blazers need a point guard who will be able to work within their current system.
The Blazers would be better off taking a player like Nolan Smith with this pick. Though he may not have as high a ceiling as Selby, he's an excellent facilitator and can really run an offense, and is one of the best on-ball defenders in this year's draft class. Other players like Boston College's Reggie Jackson or Providence's Marshon Brooks would be solid choices as well.
While being mentored by a veteran like Miller could be huge for Selby's development, the team would be better off taking a sure-thing role player than an unknown like Josh Selby.