The Portland Trail Blazers really needed to add depth to their roster in the 2013 NBA Draft and they have done so after making two picks. They selected C.J. McCollum with the 10th overall pick and have now selected California shooting guard Allen Crabbe with the 31st pick in a pending trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the pick.
The Blazers had one of the worst benches in all of the NBA last season with none of their reserves averaging more than seven points per game and only one reserve player averaging more than six points per game. They have an extremely talented starting five, but needed to add depth to their rotation.
Crabbe is a solid pick at 31, especially considering that the majority of NBA Draft pundits had Crabbe going in the first round in the mid-20s.
Crabbe isn’t a player that’s going to beat defenders off of the dribble, but he’s a knock-down shooter, particularly when it comes to spotting up, and that has fantastic athleticism. With Damian Lillard’s ability to attack off-the-dribble, Crabbe will be a nice option for kick-outs on the perimeter and a good running mate in transition.
Another thing that Crabbe brings to the table is impressive length, which translates to him having a relatively high ceiling as a defender. Crabbe is 6-foot-6 and has a 6-foot-11 wingspan, which could help him on defense. Right now he definitely needs polishing on that end of the floor, but the potential is there.
The Blazers have somewhat quietly drastically improved their team in this draft. McCollum was a fantastic pick with huge sleeper potential and now Crabbe continues to add to their depth. Both guys should fit right in for Portland.