by CSNNW.com Staff (@CSNTalkinBall)
Will BartonBarton played two years at the University of Memphis forgoing his final two years of eligibility to enter the 2012 NBA Draft. Barton won the Conference USA player of the year back in 2011 for Memphis. As a 66 guard, Barton is a bit underweight as a rookie weighing 175 pounds. However, as a good shooter Barton has room to impress during the 2012 Summer League for the Blazers. Barton was selected 40th overall this year for the Blazers in the NBA Draft.
Dee BostBost comes to the Blazers Summer League team as a four-year starter for Mississippi State. As a 62 undrafted guard, Bost brings good passing skills and quick hands. However, Bost tends to create turnovers which is something he will need to work on in Summer League. Behind Lillard, it will be hard to find a place for Bost on the Blazers roster.
Scott ChristophersonA rookie from Iowa State, Christopherson is a 63 guard with a 12.5 PPG average as a senior. Originally a freshman at Marquette, after transferring he was named to the Big 12 third team. Also in his senior season was ranked third in the nation for free throw percentage. Christopherson may not see a lot of time on the floor for the Blazers, but will provide a great chance to grow.
Jon DieblerDiebler was drafted by the Blazers in the second round (51st overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft. During the lockout he played in Panionios, Greece. Diebler started every game for Ohio State after his sophomore year. In Greece, Diebler averaged 10.8 points per game. Diebler will play the 2 position for the Blazers during Summer League.
Damian LillardLillard was drafted 6th overall by the Blazers in the first round of this years NBA draft. Lillard is expected to be a valuable player to the Blazers and could even earn a starting position for the 2012-2013 NBA season. During Summer League, Lillard is a perfect guard size at 63 and 195 pounds who could cause a lot of damage during the summer season. Averaging 24.5 PPG during the 2011-2012 season for Weber State, Lillard will be quite a threat down in Las Vegas.
Wesley MatthewsMatthews will be playing a few games for the Blazers during the Summer League. Starting in 53 games for the Blazers last season, Matthews will be looking to bond with his young teammates and get some playing time in this summer. As a three-year experienced NBA starter, Matthews will be somewhat of a mentor this summer to the rookies on board. At 65, 220 pounds, Matthews averaged 13.7 PPG last year for the Blazers.
LaMarcus Reed IIIA rookie from Texas-Arlington, the other LaMarcus Reed, that is, will be playing for the Blazers this summer. Reed is a 65, 200-pound guard who has plenty of experience in the college level and is looking for more in the NBA. Reed averaged 17.8 PPG last season with the Mavericks and will see some playing time this summer with Portland.
Nolan SmithSmith will return to Portland with one year of experience and new type of player. After a summer of basketball camps and appearances, the former Duke starter will get plenty of playing time in the Summer League as he grows as a Trail Blazer. Smith played in 44 games for the Blazers during the 2011-2012 season and looks to get more playing time next year while competing with new PG Damian Lillard.
Elliot WilliamsWilliams returns to Portland as a 65 guard for his second season with the Blazers. Drafted from Memphis back in 2010 during the first round (22nd overall), it is not known yet if Williams will be cleared for game contract during Summer League. With only an average of 3.7 PPG, Williams looks to step up his game during the summer.
by CSNNW.com Staff (@CSNTalkinBall)