If booger is the real deal (and this scenario is true)..I'd almost hope they get the #1 pick, take him, and move Theo to the backup PF and Booger to the back/starting C spot behind Joel.QRICH said:If we want to take that rout, trade up (if you can) for Bogut.
If we lucked out and got the best Australian center since Luc Longley, I'd play him a fair amount of minutes and start him as soon as possible. Unless a team is contending for something, I'm in favour of getting young guys out there and developing as quickly as they can. This isn't football, nobody's gonna get their will (and spine) crushed if they're not quite ready.Hap said:If booger is the real deal (and this scenario is true)..I'd almost hope they get the #1 pick, take him, and move Theo to the backup PF and Booger to the back/starting C spot behind Joel.
I think it's a little premature to say Zach's injury is career threatening. Even possibly.Utherhimo said:with zbo getting that possibly career threating surgery do we draft a pf?
Talk about major disappointment!
:worship: :laugh:ProudBFan said:I think it's a little premature to say Zach's injury is career threatening. Even possibly.
Then again, the sky seems to fall more often in Portland than anywhere else.
I would rather hope he is the first Australian center that is actually a good player if he is the number one pick...Luke Longley was a waste of good Oxygen on the court. :biggrin:Minstrel said:If we lucked out and got the best Australian center since Luc Longley, I'd play him a fair amount of minutes and start him as soon as possible. Unless a team is contending for something, I'm in favour of getting young guys out there and developing as quickly as they can. This isn't football, nobody's gonna get their will (and spine) crushed if they're not quite ready.
No offense, QRICH, but if Taft is the best player available at #6 (assuming that's where we'll pick), then I'd hope that we either trade down (for a later pick + a player or an additional pick) or trade the pick all together (in a package deal, which would hopefully land us the SG that we so desperately need). It's not that I don't "like" Taft, or that I don't think he's a decently talented player, I just don't think that he's worthy of a #6 pick. Then again, that's just my opinion. I guess, though, that this is why it'll be crucial to see how the new CBA will effect this year's draft (if at all). Depending on what happens, or is expected to happen, within the new CBA, we might see a bunch of talented underclassmen declare (Marvin Williams, Rudy Gay, J.R. Giddens, etc.)... thus deepening the talent in the draft and giving us more/better options.QRICH said:I think it might be a little tough to get the #1 pick if the ping pong balls don't go our way. So I think plan B should be Chris Taft. 6'10-6'11" C/Pf. Very athletic, nice back to the basket game. Would fit in nice with our new style of play. He also has ties with Sebastian Telfair. Both grew up on the same block in Coney Island, and are good friends. NBAdraft.net updated their site tonight, and now have Taft going to us at #6.
hasoos said:I like Taft. Out of the top canidates listed in the top 5, he is my favorite, even ahead of Bogut, but then again I haven't got to see Bogut play a lot, and I hear he has a "Nasty" streak that a lot of centers don't have. Anyhow, Taft I think is a genuine pick because he has the defensive skills of a Ratliff (he is very good at blocking shots) but yet he has an excellent offensive game, making him a good all around player. If Zach was healthy, you could still have him at center. Chances are the Blazers will be drafting about where Taft goes anyhow, not higher.
thylo said:I do not think that Zachs injury is career threatning, but either waywe should do whatever we could to get Bogut, including trade ANY member of the blazers. Yes, that includes Telfair and Outlaw and Zach and ...
I have been watching Bogut this season because one of my best friends team is Utah. He is the real deal. I think that he will be a duncan caliber player in the NBA, and at worst a J Oneil. The man can flat out play. And what is real nice about him, is although he could do a great job at Center where he is now, I think that he could play PF extreemely well. He has defence skills and Offence skills that are increadable. He moves in all directions with ease and is not hampered by different types of defenders because he has the complete range of offence skills. He can bang inside, post with his back to the basket, juke head on, or take the jumper. Plus, he is so skilled at getting the ball to the open man once the double team comes.
I do not think the blazers will be able to trade up without using telfair as bait, but I say it's worth it.