The Blazers had one of the better starting lineups in the NBA last year, but they were forced into heavy minutes due to the lack of an adequate bench. Portland will have nearly $12 million in cap space to help bolster its roster, but Canzano says adding a talented young player with the No. 10 pick should be a necessity as well, even if this draft is considered weaker than usual:
And to that, I'd encourage the Blazers to take a look in the mirror and acknowledge they're among the thinnest teams in the NBA. If they don't recognize that there's someone in this draft -- yes, even available 10th -- who can help coach Terry Stotts win, then this franchise must be disillusioned.
The Blazers could go in several different directions if they do keep the pick. They could use a big man with the likely departure of J.J. Hickson, but they may be more inclined to add veteran help in that area to help mentor 21-year-old center Meyers Leonard. Canzano believes Portland should look for help on the wings to push Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews and Will Barton.
While this draft may not be as strong as others, there are always good players found outside of the top picks. It would seem to behoove Blazers general manager Neil Olshey to keep the pick and hope to land a steal, unless there truly is a quality deal on the table that will improve the team moving forward.