NBA Mock Draft ’23: Post-Lottery

3. Portland Trail Blazers — Jarace Walker, F, Houston

Walker is a 6-foot-8 combo forward with a 7-foot-2 wingspan. He plays very hard — on both ends of the floor (a staple of Houston’s program). Walker can get his on the offensive end. This includes playing with the ball in his hands, and also without as a cutter/diver towards the rim. Defensively, Walker can guard multiple positions and utilizes his strength, size, and agility to bother opposing players.

Portland could go any number of ways with this pick. Walker fits in as a plug-and-play piece should the Blazers opt to roll with the players they have now. However, we cannot rule out the potential for a full-on rebuild. Which could possibly include a Damian Lillard trade. If that did happen, one of the remaining guards could be taken at this spot.

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