NBA Offseason Awards For Western Conference
Worst NBA Draft: Portland Trail Blazers
This was a battle between a few teams for me, but I give the edge to Portland.
Portland came into the summer armed with zero cap space, really bad contracts on the wing and hardly any way of getting better in the offseason. Operating with no cap space, the only way for them to improve moving forward was with the THREE first round draft picks heading into the draft.
In a deep draft, this was the perfect situation for a team to use all three of their first rounders.
On draft night, Portland traded their 15th and 20th picks in the draft to move up to 10th to select big man, Zach Collins, out of Portland. Collins is a solid prospect, but giving up two picks to draft a player at the same position of Jusuf Nurkic was head scratching to me. Plus, they selected Collins over Malik Monk, Donovan Mitchell, and Luke Kennard.
Portland used their 26th pick on another big man in Caleb Swanigan.
If Portland used one of their three picks on a big man, while using the other two on players like Mitchell or Justin Jackson, then it would have been a solid draft.