NBA Draft: Portland, Golden State, Toronto, and Detroit updates

Jared Sullinger
Despite the recent scare of Jared Sullinger’s back condition, he could go as high as no. 9 to the Detroit Pistons.

Today I will be covering the Portland Trail BlazersGolden State WarriorsToronto Raptors, and Detroit Pistons. I will be talking about some of the latest rumors and ideas I am getting from what I have read. 

Everywhere I look, I see Portland taking Weber State point guard Damian Lillard with the no. 6 pick. The Trail Blazers are in need of a point guard despite having Jonny Flynn, Raymond Felton and Nolan Smith on the roster. Flynn was brought over in a trade with the Houston Rockets and saw minimal playing time. Felton was signed as a free agent this past winter and played well-below what is considered “acceptable”. The Blazers are looking to add a solid point guard to go with LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews.

Kentucky’s Terrence Jones is a guy I have going to the Golden State Warriors with the no. 7 pick. Even with some of his past attitude issues, Jones really impressed scouts at the combine and fared well in the interviewing process. I think he will bring toughness to a team that clearly lacks it.

The Toronto Raptors will get immediate help from their draft pick in 2011, Jonas Valanciunas. The imposing center said he will make the trip to Canada in time for the start of training camp, maybe even earlier. He won’t solve all their problems though. I have Baylor’s Perry Jones III being selected by the Raptors with the no. 8 pick. Jones dazzled in workouts, playing the small forward position. He was able to use his length and athleticism to dominate opposing players. I think scouts would have rather seen him do that in his two years in college though.

Finally, we make a stop in the Motor City where the Pistons have their eyes on many players who could fall into their hands at no. 9. Connecticut’s Andre Drummond might slip to no. 9 if Portland doesn’t draft him, pairing him up with Greg Monroe to feature a big, solid defensive front-court. Despite a possible career-nagging problem with his back, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger is in play for the Pistons. The Pistons are looking for a power forward who can score in the post and Sullinger would fill that void. Finally, Connecticut’s Jeremy Lamb would fill their need for a slashing/scoring wing player who is athletic and has defensive potential. I think one of these three players will end up wearing a Detroit uniform when the season starts in October.

That’s all I have today. More will be written tomorrow as we are only three days away from the draft. Have a great day!


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