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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed May 30, 2012 10:28 pm

Blazers end up with draft picks at #6 and #11; can they screw it up without a GM, or do they hire one and then screw it up?

Do they go with the 7 foot C Tyler Zeller from North Carolina or the PF Thomas Robinson from Kansas?

The Pilots worked hard to get their much needed PG; will the Blazers do the same? They could easily lose/trade both their PGs this summer; do they go with the scoring machine from Weber State, Damian Lillard or Kendall Marshall from North Carolina?

Can five Kentucky players go in the top 25 picks? How about Terrance Ross and Terrence Jones, who goes first? (I’m thinking Jones due to his versatility and size.)

Does anyone care? Frankly, I can’t stand watching the NBA (except for the finals), but I love to see where these college kids we’ve watched with excitement from one to four years end up, and how high in the draft they go. After that, I totally lose interest!

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Re: Blazers Draft at #6 and #11

Post by Guest on Wed May 30, 2012 10:42 pm

I honestly think that the Blazers might do much better with these two, early first round picks than they would if they got the #1 and #2 picks. I think it is a lot less pressure in terms of making history with the first pick. Also, the opportunity to pick up two great players? I would not mind seeing Terrence Jones back in Portland again... Although I am unsure of whether or not his position needs to be filled. I guess we really need a PG and a big man.

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Post by DaTruRochin on Thu May 31, 2012 9:33 am

No way Robinson is around with 6 unless they discover he has a heart arrhythmia or something like that and a big shudder if they go with Zeller...

This draft is pretty damn deep too (Well aside from the PG position... Its pretty much Lillard and Marshall), so I could see them considering sliding back a few spots and taking someone like Ross (If they want depth at the 2) in exchange for a player or future picks. Plus they seem to be players in the Goran Dragic sweepstakes (if you can call them that), so that might be their route for finding a serviceable point guard. The PG spot, perimeter scoring from the bench and the 5 are the biggest needs, it will be interesting what they get from the draft and what they get from veterans in free agency.

Oh, and I suppose a real GM and a coach might be nice too...

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Re: Blazers Draft at #6 and #11

Post by up7587 on Thu May 31, 2012 6:00 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Does anyone care? Frankly, I can’t stand watching the NBA (except for the finals), but I love to see where these college kids we’ve watched with excitement from one to four years end up, and how high in the draft they go. After that, I totally lose interest!
Nope, don't care. Number of NBA playoff games I've watched? Zero. When's the next Stanley Cup game?

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Re: Blazers Draft at #6 and #11

Post by Geezaldinho on Thu May 31, 2012 7:53 pm

Did the Blazers ever get a tv contract?

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Re: Blazers Draft at #6 and #11

Post by DoubleDipper on Thu May 31, 2012 9:32 pm

Although I’ve not watched any part of an NBA game in a number of years, I have to admit that I root Erik’s team, and would love his team win it all this year.

Talk about a terrific guy under the microscope – he's even been given leadership tips from Ozzie Guillen, of all people.

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Re: Blazers Draft at #6 and #11

Post by DaTruRochin on Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:39 am

Hahaha I find the draft way more interesting than the actual games. LOVE NBA summer league just because of Vegas and getting to see guys scrapping just for the chance... But as for watching games? Howard Schultz and Brandon Roys knees kind of took away my desire to follow the league any more... (And David Stern at the helm doesn't help either.)

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I'd watch TJ

Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:15 pm

If TJ Campbell were to make it to the NBA next year, I might tune-in. I did watch a couple of televised D-League Canton Charge games this year, just to see one of my all-time favorite Pilots in action.

And, according to some, TJ does have a chance to make someone’s team as a backup. Fingers crossed for TJ, but for now, he’s in China.
Hey Charge Nation! I just wanted to check in with you all and tell you about my trip to China recently for NBA China Jam Live! But before that, I want to be able to personally say thanks to all of you who came out to our games this past season and supported us throughout the year. I didn’t know what to expect coming into our first season, but you guys were all amazing and made us feel like a part of Canton. Thank you so much!

I was recently asked to go to Guangzhou, China with a group of players for NBA China Jam Live to promote basketball and meet some of the people over there. I was surprised and excited that they asked me to go… a free vacation just to go play basketball? I was all for it and jumped at the chance.
You can read more of his diary here: http://www.nba.com/dleague/canton/news/tj_campbells_nba_china_jam__2012_05_31.html

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Re: Blazers Draft at #6 and #11

Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:26 pm

From Fark.com: Razz
33 years ago this week the Seattle Supersonics won the NBA championship. In other news, there once was an NBA team in Seattle, and the season was over before June.

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Re: Blazers Draft at #6 and #11

Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:43 pm

DaTruRochin wrote:No way Robinson is around with 6 unless they discover he has a heart arrhythmia or something like that and a big shudder if they go with Zeller...

This draft is pretty damn deep too (Well aside from the PG position... Its pretty much Lillard and Marshall), so I could see them considering sliding back a few spots and taking someone like Ross (If they want depth at the 2) in exchange for a player or future picks. Plus they seem to be players in the Goran Dragic sweepstakes (if you can call them that), so that might be their route for finding a serviceable point guard. The PG spot, perimeter scoring from the bench and the 5 are the biggest needs, it will be interesting what they get from the draft and what they get from veterans in free agency.

Oh, and I suppose a real GM and a coach might be nice too...
OK, well they have a GM (and maybe STILL have a coach), but yea, I have to agree Thomas Robinson (and Anthony Davis) will be off the board at 6. So, if the Blazers don't trade, and remain at 6 and 11, do they still go with a big man first? I say yes, but now I'm thinking UConn's Andre Drummond over UNC's Tyler Zeller. (After Greg Oden, too many question marks about another OSU player, Jared Sullinger, to take a chance on him).

After the BIG at 6, I doubt Weber State's Damian Lillard will be around at 11, so I'm thinking either UNC's Kendall Marshall (my favorite player this year) or Duke's Austin Rivers (Doc's kid) to fill the Blazers PG/SG need.

The Terrence boys, Ross and Jones? Naw, I don't think so. But I now think Ross will go a spot or two higher than Jones.

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Re: Blazers Draft at #6 and #11

Post by DaTruRochin on Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:04 am

Jones has slipped his way out of the lottery... Funny part is if Jones and Sullinger had come out last year, they would have been top 10 picks (Sullinger wasn't even invited to the draft!) (Hahahah you better believe the NBA likes that extra year or so of college to root out the pretenders...)

Drummond is one of those super high ceiling guys, but with the Blazers track record with the center position if they take that leap you gotta wonder if they bring in a big man coach to tutor the still very raw talent. The second pick is up in the air, you'd think they HAVE to draft PG, but I think they also try and pick up a more veteran player like Dragic in free agency, they can't afford to go into next season with only Smith and someone like Rivers (Who was somewhat of a Z-Bo like black hole on offense... but presumably without the Hoops Family.)

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WCC Draftees

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:22 pm

With the NBA Draft right around the corner, here is a look back at the former WCC players that have been selected in one of the first five rounds of the draft since 1956. Is there a chance another player joins these ranks this year? Robert Sacre is a possibility.

Here is the list of WCC draftees as it stands today from Zack Farmer @ SF Examiner:
2011
Jimmer Fredette, BYU (Round 1, Pick 10, Sacramento Kings)
2009
Austin Daye, Gonzaga (Round 1, Pick 15, Detroit Pistons)
Patrick Mills, Saint Mary’s (Round 2, Pick 25, Portland Trailblazers)
2008
Trent Plaisted, BYU (Round 2, Pick 16, Seattle Supersonics)
2006
Adam Morrison, Gonzaga (Round 1, Pick 3, Charlotte Bobcats)
2005
Ronny Turiaf, Gonzaga (Round 2, Pick 7, Los Angeles Lakers)
2004
Rafael Araujo, BYU (Round 1, Pick 8, Toronto Raptors)
Blake Stepp, Gonzaga (Round 2, Pick 29, Minnesota Timberwolves)
2003
Travis Hansen, BYU (Round 2, Pick 8, Atlanta Hawks)
2002
Dan Dickau, Gonzaga (Round 1, Pick 28, Sacramento Kings)
2001
Brandon Armstrong, Pepperdine (Round 1, Pick 23, Houston Rockets)
1997
Paul Rogers, Gonzaga (Round 2, Pick 25, Los Angeles Lakers)
1996
Steve Nash, Santa Clara (Round 1, Pick 15, Phoenix Suns)
1993
Shawn Bradley, BYU (Round 1, Pick 2, Philadelphia 76ers)
1992
Doug Christie, Pepperdine (Round 1, Pick 17, Seattle Supersonics)
1990
Bo Kimble, Loyola Marymount (Round 1, Pick 8, Los Angeles Clippers)
1989
Michael Smith, BYU (Round 1, Pick 13, Boston Celtics)
1988
Corey Gaines, Loyola Marymount (Round 3, Pick 15, Seattle Supersonics)
1987
Eric White, Pepperdine (Round 3, Pick 19, Detroit Pistons)
Scott Thompson, San Diego (Round 4, Pick 12, Washington Bullets)
1986
Keith Smith, Loyola Marymount (Round 2, Pick 21, Milwaukee Bucks)
Forrest McKenzie, Loyola Marymount (Round 3, Pick 1, San Antonio Spurs)
Dwayne Polee, Pepperdine (Round 3, Pick 7, Los Angeles Clippers)
Grant Gondrezick, Pepperdine (Round 4, Pick 7, Phoenix Suns)
1985
Nick Vanos, Santa Clara (Round 2, Pick 8, Phoenix Suns)
Harold Keeling, Santa Clara (Round 3, Pick 16, Dallas Mavericks)
Timo Saarelaninen, BYU (Round 5, Pick 22, Los Angeles Clippers)
1984
John Stockton, Gonzaga (Round 1, Pick 16, Utah Jazz)
Devin Durrant, BYU (Round 2, Pick 1, Indiana Pacers)
Brett Applegate, BYU (Round 4, Pick 18, Portland Trailblazers)
Scott McCollum, Pepperdine (Round 5, Pick 17, Golden State Warriors)
Mike Whitmarsh, San Diego (Round 5, Pick 18, Portland Trailblazers)
1983
Greg Kite, BYU (Round 1, Pick 21, Boston Celtics)
Orlando Phillips, Pepperdine (Round 3, Pick 22, Los Angeles Lakers)
Peter Thibeaux, Saint Mary’s (Round 4, Pick 7, Golden State Warriors)
1982
Quintin Dailey, San Francisco (Round 1, Pick 7, Chicago Bulls)
Fred Roberts, BYU (Round 2, Pick 4, Milwaukee Bucks)
Wallace Bryant, San Francisco (Round 2, Pick 7, Chicago Bulls)
Jose Slaughter, Portland (Round 2, Pick 20, Indiana Pacers)
Steve Trumbo, BYU (Round 3, Pick 3, Utah Jazz)
Roylin Bond, Pepperdine (Round 3, Pick 16, Denver Nuggets)
Bill Duffy, Santa Clara (Round 5, Pick 17, Denver Nuggets)
1981
Danny Ainge, BYU (Round 2, Pick 8, Boston Celtics)
Steve Craig, BYU (Round 5, Pick 22, Philadelphia 76ers)
1980
Kurt Rambis, Santa Clara (Round 3, Pick 12, New York Knicks)
Darwin Cook, Portland (Round 4, Pick 1, Detroit Pistons)
Alan Taylor, BYU (Round 4, Pick 3, Utah Jazz)
Tony Fuller, Pepperdine (Round 5, Pick 1, Detroit Pistons)
Rick Raivio, Portland (Round 5, Pick 22, Los Angeles Lakers)
1979
Bill Cartwright, San Francisco (Round 1, Pick 3, New York Knicks)
Ricardo Brown, Pepperdine (Round 3, Pick 15, Houston Rockets)
Billy Reid, San Francisco (Round 5, Pick 10, Indiana Pacers)
1978
James Hardy, San Francisco (Round 1, Pick 11, New Orleans Jazz)
Winford Boynes, San Francisco (Round 1, Pick 13, New Jersey Nets)
1977
Marlon Redmond, San Francisco (Round 3, Pick 16, Golden State Warriors)
Jim Grady, Gonzaga (Round 5, Pick 6, New Orleans Jazz)
1976
Dennis Johnson, Pepperdine (Round 2, Pick 12, Seattle Supersonics)
Ralph Walker, Saint Mary’s (Round 5, Pick 11, Phoenix Suns)
1975
Eric Fernsten, San Francisco (Round 4, Pick 8, Cleveland Cavaliers)
Ken Tyler, Gonzaga (Round 5, Pick 5, Philadelphia 76ers)
1974
Phil Smith, San Francisco (Round 2, Pick 11, Golden State Warriors)
Kevin Restani, San Francisco (Round 3, Pick 3, Cleveland Cavaliers)
Stan Washington, San Diego (Round 4, Pick 12, Washington Bullets)
1973
William Averitt, Pepperdine (Round 4, Pick 3, Portland Trailblazers)
Kresimir Cosic, BYU (Round 5, Pick 15, Los Angeles Lakers)
Byron Jones, San Francisco (Round 5, Pick 17, Boston Celtics)
1970
Pete Cross, San Francisco (Round 2, Pick 6, Seattle Supersonics)
Paul Ruffner, BYU (Round 2, Pick 11, Chicago Bulls)
Dennis Awtrey, Santa Clara (Round 3, Pick 12, Philadelphia 76ers)
Ralph Ogden, Santa Clara (Round 4, Pick 2)
1969
Carlos Ogden, Santa Clara (Round 1, Pick 13, Philadelphia Warriors)
1968
Jim Eakins, BYU (Round 5, Pick 7, San Francisco Warriors)
1967
Craig Raymond, BYU (Round 1, Pick 12, Philadelphia 76ers)
1966
Joe Ellis, San Francisco (Round 2, Pick 3, San Francisco Warriors)
Erwin Mueller, San Francisco (Round 2, Pick 10, Chicago Bulls)
Jeff Congdon, BYU (Round 4, Pick 2, Detroit Pistons)
Dick Nemelka, BYU (Round 5, Pick 4, St. Louis Hawks)
1965
Ollie Johnson, San Francisco (Round 1, Pick 7, Boston Celtics)
John Fairchild, BYU (Round 2, Pick 5, Los Angeles Lakers)
1963
Steve Gray, Saint Mary’s (Round 3, Pick 3, San Francisco Warriors)
1961
Ray Scott, Portland (Round 1, Pick 4, Detroit Pistons)
Tom Meschery, Saint Mary’s (Round 1, Pick 7, Philadelphia Warriors)
Frank Burgess, Gonzaga (Round 3, Pick 4, Los Angeles Lakers)
1960
Bob Sims, Pepperdine (Round 4, Pick 6, St. Louis Hawks)
1958
Mike Farmer, San Francisco (Round 1, Pick 3, New York Knicks)
Gene Brown, San Francisco (Round 5, Pick 8, Boston Celtics)
1956
Bill Russell, San Francisco (Round 1, Pick 2, St. Louis Hawks)
K.C. Jones, San Francisco (Round 2, Pick 14, Boston Celtics)

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Re: Blazers Draft at #6 and #11

Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:27 pm

Austin Daye got picked before Patty Mills? scratch

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Re: Blazers Draft at #6 and #11

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:30 pm

PurpleGeezer wrote:Austin Daye got picked before Patty Mills? scratch
Yup, and as I remember, they were both sophmores! Daye was drafted by the Pistons and is still there getting some pretty good minutes, but not starting. Mills, of course, left the Blazers after a couple of years and played in 16 games for the Spurs this last year.


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Re: Blazers Draft at #6 and #11

Post by DaTruRochin on Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:25 am

Curious that he added every BYU draftee ever even though none of them played in the WCC.... May as well include The Kandi Man as well!


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Re: Blazers Draft at #6 and #11

Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:19 am

Where are the players from Pacific, Santa Barbara, San Jose State, Seattle, UNLV, and Nevada? They were actually in the WCC, (and Pacific will be again)

Come to think of it, how is Elgin Baylor not in the WCC Hall of fame?

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Re: Blazers Draft at #6 and #11

Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:06 pm

The NBA Draft is less than 30 minutes away, and it would appear from what I’ve read that no one's stock has soared more than Weber State point guard Damian Lillard. Prior to the season, he was considered a second-round pick.

I now think it would be a smart move for Portland to take Lillard with their first pick (6th overall) and wait until the 11th pick to get a big man.

I’ve seen predictions the Blazers will choose Meyers Leonard, C, Illinois at number 11 and that he’d be the perfect fit up front with LaMarcus Aldridge. He’s a 7-footer with great athleticism, but I also know he has a number of critics who say he should have stayed in school (he came out after two years).

As Andre Drummond will likely be gone by the 11th pick, I would use the pick to get Cody Zeller over the less proven Leonard. Zeller is a safe pick (much needed after Greg Oden), he's long, runs the court extremely well and he can score and rebound.

But this draft appears very unpredictable, and it could get all crazy starting with Charlotte at No. 2. The Bobcats will likely choose between Thomas Robinson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist if they keep the pick, but I understand Cleveland is pressing hard to trade into Charlotte’s #2 spot. If Charlotte does trade the spot, the changes will cascade down the board.

It should be fun; my DVR is set. After the draft I immediately lose interest in the NBA.

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#6

Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:59 pm

Blazers draft Damian Lillard @ #6


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Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:00 pm

......and @ #11 it's Meyers Leonard


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Re: Blazers Draft at #6 and #11

Post by Guest on Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:24 pm

Gosh... Everyone was booing Stern at every pick. Rough.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:29 pm

He's crying all the way to the bank

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Re: Blazers Draft at #6 and #11

Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:05 pm

RipCityPilot wrote:Gosh... Everyone was booing Stern at every pick. Rough.
Well, I'm not defending Stern (probably don't have to), but it was a New Jersey crowd drinking beer................

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Re: Blazers Draft at #6 and #11

Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:22 pm

GU center Robert Sacre is now a Laker! Ronny Turiaf and Adam Morrison were one-time Lakers too. Beyond that, no comment ..........

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Re: Blazers Draft at #6 and #11

Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:23 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:
RipCityPilot wrote:Gosh... Everyone was booing Stern at every pick. Rough.
Well, I'm not defending Stern (probably don't have to), but it was a New Jersey crowd drinking beer................

Which is why they did it in New Jersey and not Philly. There they boo Santa Claus and throw ice balls at cheerleaders.

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Blazers Second Round #10

Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:32 pm

Blazers Round 2 #10: Will Barton SG, 6'-6", 174 lbs, Memphis sophomore


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