With the 23rd pick in the 2015 NBA Draft the Portland Trailblazers select Trey Lyles, Forward, Kentucky.


We chose Trey Lyles based on the best player available strategy, and we're shocked to see him fall to us here. We feel that he can play either small forward or power forward. No matter what happens with LaMarcus Aldridge, we feel pretty confident going forward. We ultimately see him fitting in as a stretch power forward in the NBA.

Lyles has tremendous upside and the ability to add to his frame. He has shown great promise in the offensive aspect of his game and flashes of defensive potential (although the latter is what he must severely improve upon). He had a knack for finishing around the basket and his transition game was not that bad either. While he won't wow you with athletic ability or awe inspiring defense, his passing skills for a big man are pretty fantastic.

With Kevin Looney still on the board the pick of Lyles was an offense over defense move. Both have great upside but the fact that Aldridge could be leaving would leave a huge gap in the offense. No rookie would be able to replace what LaMarcus can do but having someone with as much upside as Lyles is never a bad thing.

*Will the Thrill Barton (aka The People's Champ) made a name for himself in Denver … seeing this uptick in stats LaMarcus Aldridge decided to sign in Denver as well :p*

Here is a breakdown of the draft so far:

Selection Team GM Player Taken
1 T-wolves Russscot Karl Anthony Towns
2 Lakers Rocky Mountain Way D’Angelo Russel
3 76ers Fishbowlin Emmanuel Mudiay
4 Knicks CombatChuk Justise Winslow
5 Magic moondoggie12 Kristaps Porzingis
6 Kings Mr_RyMo Jahlil Okafor
7 Nuggets Agaliarept Mario Hezonja
8 Pistons TheMozgovCocktail Stanley Johnson
9 Hornets It’s the LAW SON Devin Booker
10 Heat teenasty Willie Cauley Stein
11 Pacers cubobafett56 Myles Turner
12 Jazz Zachm19 Frank Kaminsky
13 Suns LuckyStiff Kelly Oubre
14 Thunder Salticus Tyus Jones
15 Hawks George Karl Marx Sam Dekker
16 Celtics rps23 Montrezl Harrell
17 Bucks okan.idug Bobby Portis
18 Rockets dynamoe.joe Delon Wright
19 Wizards Timing Justin Anderson
20 Raptors Pozz303 Cameron Payne
21 Mavericks The_NGUYENNER Jerian Grant
22 Bulls What you Shawquin about? RJ Hunter
23 Blazers BobbyGeezo Trey Lyles

NC_Bronco89 and the Cleveland Cavaliers are on the clock.