Pick: Amar'e Stoudemire
Position: Power forward/center
Despite being a veteran, the book isn't completely written on Amar'e Stoudemire. His game has definitely evolved over the years. He used to be a powerful high-flyer with some skills in the low post and an ability to bang on the boards, similar to a slightly less dominant but more finessed Blake Griffin.
Due to knee problems, he has lost a little bit of strength and definitely some hops. However, his conditioning is as good as ever, as his speed, quickness, and stamina cannot be matched by more than a handful of players.
I don't believe any other big man in the NBA combines that amount of athleticism with his skill level, as he can do just about anything that big men can do offensively. He's a very good low post player, and an unbelievable high post and pick-and-roll scorer.
His individual defense isn't horrible, but it could be a little better, despite his blocking ability.
He has often been forced to play center, but paired up with a good inside presence, he is one of the best power forwards in the NBA, and one of the last players in this draft that can carry a team to 50 wins as their unquestionable best player.
Like Pau Gasol, his age isn't really indicative of where he is in his career. I truly believe that while his athleticism isn't going anywhere for a while, his skills might continue to improve yet.
Also like Gasol, Stoudemire absolutely thrives when paired with a noteworthy guard, so if the Blazers can snag one of the many talented point or shooting guards this league has to offer, they may be a contender in a short amount of time.