November 13, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Lehigh Mountain Hawks guard C.J. McCollum (3) handles the ball against pressure by Pittsburgh Panthers guard James Robinson (right) during the first half at the Petersen Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Draft Results: Portland Trail Blazers Live Draft Grade

Draft Grade: A-

he Portland Trail Blazers selected C.J. McCollum with the tenth overall pick in the draft. He’s eerily similar to Damian Lillard, albeit a better shooter and not quite as good as a ball-handler or in initiating the offense. Where as Lillard is much more of a true point guard, McCollum specializes as a spot-up shooter.

Therein lies the problem with McCollum, as he’s essentially an undersized shooting guard. He’s a highly intelligent player that will be able to do pretty much whatever Portland asks him to. It will be very intriguing to see how Portland uses him, and what they do with Lamarcus Aldridge, who supposedly wants out.

They may go after big men like Tiago Splitter and Nikola Pekovic in free agency, but they still need significant help on the wings. Of course, drafting McCollum doesn’t help the wings a ton, as they still don’t have the size to guard the majority of the wings and sharpshooters in the league today.

The selection of McCollum means that Carter-Williams will probably be picked by the Philadelphia 76ers, who apparently just shipped Jrue Holiday to New Orleans for the recently-drafted Nerlens Noel. Go ahead and start the tanking talk for Philly and Andrew Wiggins in 2014…

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  • dunkonyerhed

    Good post but allow me to add my two cents.

    First, McCollum is indeed undersized for a shooting guard. He’s 6-3-1/2. However, he has a pretty good wingspan on him. I don’t see him having too much problem guarding most of the NBA shooting guards. When he does, Batum can play help defense. He won’t have any problem at all getting his own shots offensively.

    Second, the reports of Aldridge wanting out are not really correct. He told Chris Haynes (who always gets the most accurate inside information on the Blazers) that he loves Portland and wants to play there. If the Blazers can’t improve significantly, then he wants out. You can read the report at CSNNW. I believe the Blazers will be significantly better in 2013-2014 than they were last year.

    I believe the Blazers will be able to sign their big man. But I also think they may end up being a little thin at the small forward position. Batum is solid of course, but as it stands, Claver is the backup. Unless they can pull off a trade with Papa and 1-2 of the second rounders they took tonight, the backup SF position will be the remaining weak spot.