2013 Trail Blazers NBA draft guide

Breaking down Portland's draft profile and potential picks this year

Updated: May 22, 2013, 3:36 PM ET
By Amin Elhassan | ESPN Insider
Damian LillardSam Forencich/NBAE/Getty ImagesRookie of the Year Damian Lillard established himself as a franchise cornerstone this season.

NBA Insiders Amin Elhassan and Bradford Doolittle break down the draft profile, needs and potential picks of the 14 teams eligible for the NBA draft lottery this year. With some help from Chad Ford's Big Board of top 30 prospects, we take a look at the Portland Trail Blazers.


Personnel needs: SG, C

Major need: Portland's biggest hole was its bench, as the Blazers ranked last in bench points per game (18.5). They frequently fielded lineups with players who weren't NBA rotation-caliber. As a result, Blazers starters played more minutes than any other team's starting five in the league. Portland also lacked a presence on the boards outside of LaMarcus Aldridge and impending free agent J.J. Hickson. Finally, the Blazers gave up the second-most made field goals at the rim in the league, indicative of their lack of a rim protector and paint presence.