2013 NBA Draft: Michael Carter-Williams Would Be Solid Pick For Portland Trail Blazers

By John Raffel
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The Portland Trail Blazers are going through many different scenarios on what their decision will be when they pick No. 10 in the NBA draft.

Obviously, it all depends on who’s left on the board. If Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse is still on the board, will he be the man for the Trail Blazers?

Carter-Williams probably wouldn’t be an NBA player until his third or fourth season, but if he develops the way NBA observers think he might, he would be a very excellent prospect.

NBA scouts have plenty to like about Carter-Williams and so do the Trail Blazers. At 6-foot-6, they like Carter-Williams’ size and the fact he has the potential to score from anywhere on the court. That all comes from some good court vision. He’s able to play point guard and the No. 2 guard spot. He handles the ball well. Best of all about Carter-Williams is that his defense is excellent, and he ‘s capable of picking up the steals.

With the Orangemen, Carter-Williams averaged 35.2 minutes, 11.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. They would like to see his shooting percentages of 39.3 percent from the floor, 29.2 from the 3-point line and 69.4 from the free throw stripe improve.

Carter-Williams would have plenty to offer the Trail Blazers. They need to take a good look at him. He is a sure bet to eventually make it on the NBA level as a solid player.

But they also like guards with good shooting percentages. Carter-Williams needs to work on that aspect of his ga

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