Haynes & Jaynes: Blazers secure #10 pick
Going in, the Portland Trail Blazers were projected to get the No. 10 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, and after the NBA Draft Lottery concluded, nothing had changed.
It's official, the Trail Blazers hold the No. 10 pick.
The Trail Blazers sent their 2012-13 Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard to New York to represent them at the lottery, knowing the last time they sent their Rookie of the Year in Brandon Roy to the lottery, they came away with the No. 1 overall pick.
Different results this time around.
The great people at DraftExpress have Portland selecting 7-2 center out of France, Rudy Gobert.
Portland needs immediate help and according to most experts and people I've talked with around the league, this draft class isn't equipped with those type of services, especially not at No. 10.
Look for Portland to attempt to use that pick along with other assets to move up in the draft or to acquire a proven veteran via trade for immediate help. LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum want to win now.
"We have been, and will continue to, prepare for multiple draft scenarios," said Portland General Manager Neil Olshey. "With the results of tonight, the lottery establishing the official draft order, we are confident we will have the opportunity to select a quality player at No. 10."
UCLA Freshman guard/forward Shabazz Muhammad and Gobert are two prospects that are likely to be on the board when Portland is on the clock. Neither one is expected to contribute in a fashion that is conducive to getting the organization over the playoff hump.
Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey has some tough decisions to make and whatever he decides to do, you can be sure their No. 10 pick will be involved.
The full lottery order is as follows:
6. New Orleans