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NBA draft analysis, pick by pick

Picked No. 10 overall, 6-3 CJ McCollum could be Blazers' No. 3 guard next season


FIRST ROUND

1. CLEVELAND: Anthony Bennett, 6-8 freshman power forward, Nevada-Las Vegas

NBA body but not an NBA game, at least yet. Could wind up as worst No. 1 pick since Pervis Ellison in 1989. No wonder Cavs tried to trade pick.

2. ORLANDO: Victor Oladipo, 6-4 junior shooting guard, Indiana

Athletic, great defender. Came from nowhere in one year to become No. 2 pick.

3. WASHINGTON: Otto Porter Jr., 6-9 sophomore small forward, Georgetown

Can run and defend, but 198 pounds? Better carb up, youngster.

4. CHARLOTTE: Cody Zeller, 7-0 sophomore center, Indiana

Youngest member of Zeller basketball clan has hops and handle. Two Hoosiers taken in top four.

5. PHOENIX: Alex Len, 7-1 freshman center, Maryland

Seven weeks after stress fracture of leg, Ukraine native is top-five pick. Plenty of upside.

6. PHILADELPHIA (from New Orleans): Nerlens Noel, 7-0 freshman center, Kentucky

Skinny post projected as potential No. 1 pick headed to Philadelphia along with 2014 first-round pick for Jrue Holliday and a second-round pick.

7. SACRAMENTO: Ben McLemore, 6-5 freshman shooting guard, Kansas

Great story of kid coming from poverty to hit NBA lottery. All-Star potential.

8. DETROIT: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 6-6 sophomore shooting guard, Georgia

Kid can fill it up from the perimeter. Blazers coveted him.

9. UTAH (from Minnesota): Trey Burke, 6-1 sophomore point guard, Michigan

Polished floor general acquired by Jazz in swap of first-round picks.

10. PORTLAND: CJ McCollum, 6-3 senior shooting guard, Lehigh

Comparisons with Damian Lillard: Both 6-3, from mid-major schools, both seniors, both scorers. Could wind up as Blazers' third guard next season.

11. PHILADELPHIA: Michael Carter-Williams, 6-6 sophomore guard, Syracuse

Long, good defensively, needs to hone offensive game.

12. OKLAHOMA CITY: Steven Adams, 7-0 freshman center, Pittsburgh

Not bad for a New Zealander who averaged 7.2 points and shot 44 percent at foul line at Pitt last season.

13. BOSTON (from Dallas): Kelly Olynyk, 7-0 junior center, Gonzaga

Acquired from Dallas for two second-round picks. Mavericks trade pick to open salary-cap room to try to sign Dwight Howard.

14. MINNESOTA (from Utah): Shabazz Muhammad, 6-8 freshman small forward, UCLA

Acquired by Timberwolves in swap of first-round picks. Averaged 18 points in only season as Bruin, but short on athleticism and deportment.

15. MILWAUKEE: Giannis Antetokounmpo, 6-9 forward from Greece

At 18, youngest player in draft. At 196 pounds, the skinniest. Biggest problem for Bucks will be finding room for name on back of jersey.

16. ATLANTA (from Dallas): Lucas Nogueria, 7-0 center, 20, Brazil

Pick originally owned by Boston went to Dallas, which sent No. 16 pick and ex-Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham to Hawks for Shane Larkin and a second-round pick. Nogueria is shot-blocker and runner, sleeper with upside and '70s-style Afro.

17. ATLANTA: Dennis Schroeder, 6-2 point guard, 19, Germany

Athletic defender caught eye of scouts with play at Nike Hoop Summit in Portland.

18. DALLAS (from Atlanta): Shane Larkin, 5-11 sophomore point guard, Miami

Barry Larkin's son has 44-inch jump reach and point guard mentality.

19. CLEVELAND: Sergey Karasev, 6-8, shooting guard, 19, Russia

Lithe left-hander has length and shooting ability. Might wind up playing in Europe another year.

20. CHICAGO: Tony Snell, 6-7 small forward, New Mexico

Pull-up jump shooter who will need to work on other skills to get into Bulls' rotation.

21. MINNESOTA (from Utah): Gorgui Dieng, 6-11 junior center, Louisville

Second of two-first round picks sent from Jazz for Trey Burke. Good rebounder and outstanding shot-blocker likely to back up Nikola Pekovic for Timberwolves.

22. BROOKLYN: Mason Plumlee, 7-0 senior center, Duke

Brother Miles sat on Indiana bench last season. Tough, solid rebounder, athletic for big.

23. INDIANA: Solomon Hill, 6-7 senior small forward, Arizona

Versatile wing provides depth for Pacers, and maybe more depending on offseason moves.

24. NEW YORK: Tim Hardaway Jr., 6-6 junior guard, Michigan. Son of former all-star point guard is catch-and-shoot who will be called upon to play right away by Knicks.

25. L.A. CLIPPERS: Reggie Bullock, 6-7 junior guard, North Carolina

Catch-and-shoot player also can get to the rim.

26. OKLAHOMA CITY (from Golden State via Minnesota): Andre Roberson, 6-7 junior forward, Colorado

Thunder made trade for rights to erratic shooter who averaged 10.9 points but also 11.2 rebounds for Buffaloes last season. Wasn't supposed to go until second round.

27. UTAH (from Denver): Rudy Gobert, 7-2 center, 21, France

With a 7-9 wingspan, can use both hands around the basket.

28. SAN ANTONIO: Livio Jean-Charles, 6-9 power forward, 19, French Guiana

Future pick who impressed scouts at Nike Hoop Summit.

29. PHOENIX (from Oklahoma City): Archie Goodwin, 6-5 freshman shooting guard, Kentucky

Combo guard good in transition.

30. GOLDEN STATE (from Phoenix): Nemanja Nedovic, 6-4 point guard, Serbia

Athletic but another player who might not make it to NBA for a while.

SECOND ROUND

31: PORTLAND (from Cleveland): Allen Crabbe, 6-6 junior shooting guard, California

Trail Blazers sent two lower, future second-round picks to Cavaliers for Crabbe, a two-time all-Pac-12 selection who is good spot-up shooter. 

39. PORTLAND: Jeff Withey, 7-0 senior center, Kansas

Started at Arizona, transferred to Kansas and led Big 12 in blocked shots his last two seasons, earning Big 12 defensive player of year award as senior.

40. PORTLAND: Grant Jerrett, 6-10 freshman power forward, Arizona

3-point shooter. Face-up shooter who averaged 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds destined for D-League if Blazers keep pick. (Portland then traded Jerrett's rights to Oklahoma City for cash considerations).

45. PORTLAND: Marko Todorovic, 6-11 forward, 21, Montenegro

Likely to wind up in Europe next season, and maybe the season after.

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