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The Portland Trail Blazers needed a point guard, and they think they got one with Damian Lillard of Weber State, who was drafted by the Blazers with the No. 6 pick of the first round of Thursday's NBA draft. For a player from Weber State to be taken in the lottery, he has to have a lot going for him, and Lillard does. He is a scoring point guard, who averaged 24.5 points, which was second in the nation. He is a good penetrator who also has range on his jumper. He is strong, but quick, and is a smart, steady player who works hard. Portland had two pick among the first 11 draft choices on Thursday for new Portland general manager Neil Oshey, who was the Clippers GM last season. With the 11th pick, the Blazer took Illinois center Meyers Leonard. But Lillard is the player who is expected to help immediately. Whether he has the floor vision needed to be an NBA point guard is a question - he averaged just 2.9 assists, but, of course, he did not have the surrounding t...
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Lillard gets to stay home in the northwest with Portland. Portland did not get good point guard play last season and their point guards are free agents. So they needed to get one in the draft. Look for Lillard to start from day one.
Lillard stock has been on the rise for a long time now. Don’t be fooled by him playing at a small school. Lillard biggest strength...
Blazers start the 2012 season off right
The Portland Trail Blazers stayed relatively quiet during the 2012 NBA draft, but quiet can be effective when you make the right moves for the organization moving forward.
With two lottery picks and two second rounders at their disposal, the Blazers made the moves necessary to get better and are heading in the right direction as we now wait...
1. Damian Lillard, 6-2, Weber State. Top-notch scorer who looked good in individual workouts. Possesses a strong handle, too.
2. Kendall Marshall, 6-4, North Carolina. Good size and vision, takes care of ball and gets it to open man.
3. Tony Wroten, 6-6, Washington. Solid in all aspects with great size. Reminds some of long ago PG Nate McMillan.
4. Marquis Teague...
The Trail Blazers' draft picks at No. 6 and 11 were predictable and at the same time logical and well-placed. Talent and need intersected perfectly. Time will tell, but it has the makings of a draft that is at worst solid, at best outstanding. Portland chose Weber State point guard Damian Lillard with the sixth pick and took Illinois center Meyers Leonard with the 11th selection...
The Portland Trail Blazer selected Damian Lillard, a point guard from Weber State, with the No. 6 pick in the NBA draft Thursday, and the Golden State Warruirs took North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes at No. 7.
The Portland Trail Blazers followed what many mock drafts predicted by taking Weber State junior point-guard Damian Lillard with sixth pick in the NBA Draft. Also following many predictions, the Blazers filled another need, getting a big man, 7'0 sophomore Meyers Leonard out of Illinois with the eleventh pick.
The Portland Trail Blazers made an interesting splash in the 2012 NBA Draft taking a point guard from a mid-major school that few people had heard off, and a project pick at center. They took Damian Lillard at #6 from Weber St. and a guy who played for someone named Weber in Meyers Leonard from the Illini at #11.
This marks the first time since 1990 that Illinois has had a player...