Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Draft Day Part I

Well, the first salvo has been fired, as apparently we've traded Sebastian Telfair to the Celtics for the #7 pick in the draft. Possible inclusions are Dan Dickau from their side and Theo Ratliff from ours, but those are speculative at this point.

Thoughts:

In a way I will be sad to see Telfair go. He probably had the most potential of the three point guards to become a true star. His speed is irreplaceable. He also had that certain je ne sais quoi that made him feel special no matter how he played. On the other hand he also had the most potential to be a bust. He has yet to find his shooting ability and may never do so, which will severely limit his potential. Even if he does make it big it will undoubtedly be as a scoring point guard and those have met with limited success in the NBA. Plus you have to think after seven years of Damon the Portland brass just got sick of watching small guards get barbequed on defense no matter how good they were otherwise. If we get Brandon Roy in return our backcourt will actually be pretty big at 6'3", 6'4", 6'6", and 6'8". If Roy can swing between the two guard spots we become enormous.

As far as the pick goes it will all depend on who we get. As I said a few days ago, this almost certainly means the Blazers have a good idea who is going where. (Unless Pritchard is a loose cannon or an idiot, neither of which seem to be true.) It could also mean that pick will be packaged somehow, either to move up or to move some of our existing players. #7 seems pretty low compared to some of the picks we've been discussing, but keep in mind that's only from recent perspective. A few years ago the seven spot would have seemed really high.

In short I'm not against the trade but I won't know how I feel until I see what we do with that pick.

--Dave (blazersub@yahoo.com)

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