While teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards spent the 2011 NBA Draft searching for prospects to aid their franchises, the Blazers made their big draft day splash in a three-team trade with the Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets. Though they gave up veteran floor general Andre Miller, the team acquired the incredibly talented Raymond Felton, who can finally give Portland's point guard situation some stability.
Though Miller did a commendable job running the team, it seems like since he came over in a trade with the 76ers two years ago fans have been asking, "Who's going to be the point guard of the future?"
In Felton, Portland gets a team-first player who should be able to easily mesh with the team's core players while enabling them to play a different manner of basketball than they could with Miller at the point.
With the introduction of a new player into such a pivotal position on a team like the Blazers that have really great chemistry, there's bound to be some skepticism, but let's take a look at why Raymond Felton could be the guy who pushes this gifted Portland team over the top.