The title says it all. I would like to see the Blazers draft a small forward who can do a little bit of everything.
If the Blazers could take Webster's, Outlaw's and Batum's DNA and combine them and create one player then the Blazers would have an All-Star small forward, but they can't do that and since all three are in some way or form, specialty players, then they need to be kept around. I think if the Blazers go out and somehow draft James Johnson or Sam Young then I could see the log jam at small forward get cleared up with two of the already mentioned guys being traded in the next two offseasons.
Anyways, I think KP may draft Tyler Hansbrough. He fits everything KP loves when he's drafting. He's smart on and off the court, a good character guy, great work ethic, and an upper classman in college.
At this point in Portland, KP needs to be drafting to add depth. No more moving up the board unless you're getting a small forward who can shoot, finish and defend and can start for this team from game one to game 82. So I think it's agreed world wide that Hansbrough will be a career long bench player, but a pretty good one at that which is what the Blazers will need. They have Aldridge already now add a young big behind him who can stay for many years and will never command a ton of money like other guys on your bench will in three to five years (Jerryd Bayless, Travis Outlaw, Greg Oden & Rudy Fernandez). Hansbrough also adds something the team will be looking for in the offseason which is toughness, intensity and heart. Overall, I think with Hansbrough's decision making skills potentially on the same bench as Travis Outlaw and Jerryd Bayless, it'll cut down the turnovers and maybe have the bench offense and defensive switches more fluid. His offensive game I think could also compliment Greg Oden very well and take a lot of pressure off Oden to perform because Hansbrough can also bang in the post and has decent post moves as well as decent range.
I wouldn't want Tyreke Evans. There's just something about him that I don't like and on top of it his game is very raw, he can't shoot and he is basically not near NBA ready. He could be a project player but with Rudy and Brandon at the two guard already for years to come, I see no need for another shooting guard, especially one who is going to sit in street clothes for two years while being schooled in practice.
I was looking at him as more of a scoring point guard - he finished his freshman year off at Memphis running the point.....and he's VERY long - although he only measured 6'4 barefoot, he has the same wingspan as 6'8 and most-likely #1 overall pick Blake Griffin. Here's a quick cut and paste from an article which really grabbed my attention:
Tyreke Evans came out very big in the measurements for a guy who may play some point guard, at over 6-5 in shoes and with a 6-11 ¼ wingspan that is identical to Blake Griffin’s, and is the largest of any point guard ever measured in our database. For comparison’s sake, he measures out slightly larger than Dwayne Wade and Jamal Crawford across the board.
one player that will probably be an early second round pick, though he might move up to first round, that would fit with the blazers well would be taj gibson. He has a lot of potential, if he were able to add more strength and bulk, and though he lacks ideal size for the 4, he has a huge 7-2 wingspan, is a solid rebounder and accomplished shot blocker.
also, because he is old for his class (turns 24 before the draft), it is likely that he could step in and contribute faster than other rookies.
what really pushes taj gibson over the top, though, is that he also has that potential to become a far better player which our organization and coaching staff love.
here's a scouting report:
Strengths: An extremely efficient and consistent player … He is an underrated athlete, possessing nice length and the ability to get off the ground quickly … His touch around the basket is very soft, where he prefers to turn to his left shoulder, but is still comfortable going to the left hand … In the post he is extremely patient, he seals well and fights for position … His post-up game mostly consists of drop steps and mini hooks … He is also very dangerous with his faceup game, because he can take slower defenders off the dribble or use his consistent jumpshot … For a big man, he has an extremely effective midrange shot, with a smooth stroke and high release, this could help him in screen and roll situations at the next level … He is a very smart and active rebounder, he attacks the offensive glass, and he reads the bounce to get into good position … His length is also a great weapon defensively, combining with great timing to make him a very good shotblocker … He has great hands, runs the floor well and shows an impressive motor for a big … He has played a secondary role throughout his collegiate career, but he continues to work hard and his improvement is evident …
Weaknesses: He is a bit undersized for the post, but more importantly his body is very frail … Through his time in college, he has failed to add any substantial bulk to a somewhat soft looking frame … At times he becomes robotic in the way he operates, seeming unsure of his moves … Instead of just playing naturally and taking what’s open, he thinks the game too much … His back to the basket repertoire is fairly limited, especially when he faces bigger defenders, he resorts to shooting tough and offbalance shots … He needs to become more comfortable putting the ball on the deck, because with his size he will surely be asked to attack from the high post … His FT shooting has improved, but he still has games where he is inconsistent … He has not shown the demeanor and killer instinct to carry his team in crunch time, he seems content with taking a back seat (part of the problem is the fact that he gets looked off on numerous occasions by his teammates) …
this kid looks like he'd be an ideal fit, as far as rookies go. clearly, free agency could be another way of addressing the whole at backup 4: brandon bass is another person who'd fit in very well.
I just read up on Siler. He is nearly 23 and bigs take a long time to develop, and it sounds like he was definitely need time. If he were to develop to be a good center, it would probably be right before his body starts declining. However, with the 55th pick, you can't expect perfection, so sometimes you just need to go out on a limb.
I am not too knowledgeable about the draft, but I would be really happy if we went with Tyler Hansbrough at #24 if he is still available. I think drafting a hustling PF to come in and be an immediate impact to back up LaMarcus would be a great idea. I'm ok if he doesn't have the potential to be a star in the league, we just need a servicable backup PF and he is going to be pretty much the most polished rookie at that position to start off the season.
^ Exactly what I think and if Greg is coming off the bench with him, then it'll take some of the foul pressure off or Greg knowing that he has a real power forward next to him to help out instead of Travis. Also, it'll help out Nate because if he sees that Greg is having a problem with a guy then he can switch assignments and have Hansbrough guard the guy instead.
Plus all the intangibles are a plus and he has everything KP is looking for.
I really think he is going to be the Blazers pick and if they don't draft him, then I think they will acquire him in a draft day trade.
And one last reason Blazer fans should want him is because he is the next Chuck Norris/Tim Tebow/Dos Equis guy where everybody makes up those weird phrases about him.
Ex: Tyler Hansbrough is so intense that he is radioactive.