2011 NBA Draft Results: Grading the Portland Trail Blazers' Draft Picks

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2011 NBA Draft Results: Grading the Portland Trail Blazers' Draft Picks
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With the 2011 NBA Draft over and the majority of the draft-based trades finished, it's time to assess the choices of the Portland Trail Blazers, a team that entered the draft with one burning question: Who will be the point guard of the future?

The Blazers had picks No. 21, and No. 51 and used them as well as they could, while also pulling off what is, in my opinion, the best draft day trade of the year. The team selected Duke's Nolan Smith, a senior combo guard who anchored the Blue Devils' backcourt after Kyrie Irving's injury and Ohio State's Jon Diebler, a  6'6" sharpshooting senior two-guard from Ohio State.

While many speculated that Portland were going to at least one of these picks to acquire a forward or center like Morehead State's Kenneth Faried and were perplexed by the high pick of Smith at No. 21, this move actually sets Portland up perfectly as they try to move from just a playoff team to an elite Western Conference powerhouse.

Now, let's take an in-depth look into the Blazers' draft day decisions...

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