Found June 01, 2012 on Oregon Sports News:
The Portland Trail Blazers are the draft lottery’s biggest winners behind the New Orleans Hornets, as they now officially own the No. 6 and No. 11 picks in 2012 NBA draft. Knowing where Portland will be picking this summer, the question now becomes, what do the Blazers do with these picks as they head into one of the most important summers in franchise history? Scenario 1—Draft For Need: The Trail Blazers have a number of needs, but the point guard and center positions are arguably the most important areas to address heading into the offseason. Backcourt scoring and depth on the perimeter are also issues, but with prospects available at the most needed positions, Portland could use their two picks to target players who will balance out the rotation next year. Andre Drummond or Tyler Zeller could fill in at the center position, while Damian Lillard or Kendall Marshall could prove to be Portland’s long-desired point guard of the future. Scenario 2—Draft For Talent: The Blazers ...

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