NBA Draft 2010: After Trade, What Is Portland Trailblazer's Draft Strategy?

AJ BradyContributor IIIJune 21, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Greg Oden #52 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game at Oracle Arena on November 20, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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There has been speculation that the Blazers will be active in the draft this year, considering GM Kevin Pritchard's willingness to do whatever trading it takes to get who he wants.

Today, he began the moves by trading the 44th pick and cash to the Warriors for the 34th pick. Question is, will they use that pick to move up? Do they want to take someone with it?

Although the Blazers are a deep team, they do a few needs. Those on the list including a long-term point guard, backup/insurance policy at center/power forward, and a shooter.

There are a few shooters, like Luke Babbit or Avery Bradley, they could draft if they moved up. But I think they would be better served waiting to sign a shooter, as there are plenty of them in the free agent market.

This draft is very short on point guards after John Wall, but there are a few who could be steals. Perhaps this is why Portland moved up in the 2nd round?

Andre Miller has been solid for Portland, but he lacks shooting skills and athleticism, and is not getting any younger. Jerryd Bayless has shown flashes, but doesn't appear to be a pure point guard and also lacks shooting skills.

Jeremy Rondle could be a good value at the 34th pick. His small stature (5'11) is the main reason he is not slated to be drafted higher. After the successes of Ty Lawson and Darren Collison last year, height shouldn't be a huge obstacle.

The 4/5 position is particularly deep this draft, and bigs that could fall to the Blazers at 22 include Kevin Seraphin, Daniel Orton, Larry Sanders, Solomon Alabi, or Patrick Patterson, among others.

If the Blazers don't move up, or make other unforeseen trades, I think that their best plan would be to draft Rondle or another PG and a 4/5, and try to sign a shooter like Kyle Korver, Luke Ridnour, J.J. Redick, or Mike Miller.

The downside to this is that they have 14 players likely to return next season, and they would have to get rid of two to make roster space.


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