The Portland Trail Blazers will be picking No. 10 in the NBA Draft and likely won’t go for Allen Crabbe that early, they have three second-round draft picks and have been looking at several names. They may want to give a very close look at Crabbe in the second round in case he’s available.
The Blazers would have one of the steals of the draft if they can get Crabbe in the second round. He might sneak in as a late first-round pick, but most observers anticipate he’ll go second round. The Blazers could use him in a major way if he found his way onto their roster.
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard from California averaged 36.2 minutes, 18.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He shot 45.9 percent from the floor, 34.8 percent in threes and 81.3 percent from the free-throw line. Those are all good figures and indicate that Crabbe can have a decent pro career with a little bit of maturity and fine-tuning.
NBA draft observers would like to see him add more strength. His ability to shoot and score make him an extremely good package, but he’s also credited for being a good rebounder for a guard. His transition game is superb. Crabbe will need to prove that while he’s a good scorer, he also can play tough, aggressive defense on every play.
Unless they want to trade for a future pick, the Blazers are going to bring in some good younger players. Crabbe, as a second-round choice, would be a good addition for the Magic.