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NBA Mock Draft: Portland Trail Blazers Select John Collins From Wake Forest

SB Nation's NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making their team's pick. To continue the 2017 NBA Mock Draft, Blazer’s Edge takes John Collins from Wake Forest

NCAA Basketball: Pittsburgh at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Mock Draft Pick #20 -- John Collins, Power Forward, Wake Forest

SBNation’s Portland Trail Blazers blog Blazers Edge explains this pick::

The Blazers really wanted to pick up a defensive PF/C here but with most of the remaining available big men not ready to contribute, Collins became the choice. He's not known as a good defender, but the athleticism is there so defense could develop. The mechanics on his shot look good and he's a solid free throw shooter, so he may be able to extend out his game. It was unfortunate that the ideal pickup, Jarrett Allen, was off the board just one pick earlier, but the Blazers still end up with a very talented big man.

Ridiculous Upside Analysis

With their second 1st round pick, the crew at Blazers Edge continues their process of drafting the “best player available” by selecting John Collins. Although the team definitely needs a defensive-minded big, Collins is still a decent selection due to his great offensive production. As a sophomore, Collins averaged 19.1 points and 9.8 rebounds (3.8 offensive boards) per game on 62% from the field. While he’ll need to refine his work on the defensive end, Collins should still be a productive player for Portland.

1. Boston Celtics - MARKELLE FULTZ, WASHINGTON

2. Los Angeles Lakers - LONZO BALL, UCLA

3. Philadelphia 76ers - JOSH JACKSON, KANSAS

4. Phoenix Suns - JONATHAN ISAAC, FLORIDA STATE

5. Sacramento Kings - DE’AARON FOX, KENTUCKY

6. Orlando Magic - JAYSON TATUM, DUKE

7. Minnesota Timberwolves - MALIK MONK, KENTUCKY

8. New York Knicks - FRANK NTILIKINA, FRANCE

9. Dallas Mavericks - DENNIS SMITH, NC STATE

10. Sacramento Kings - LAURI MARKKANEN, ARIZONA

11. Charlotte Hornets - DONOVAN MITCHELL, LOUISVILLE

12. Detroit Pistons - ZACH COLLINS, GONZAGA

13. Denver Nuggets - OG ANUNOBY, INDIANA

14. Miami Heat - TJ LEAF, UCLA

15. Portland Trail Blazers - LUKE KENNARD, DUKE

16. Chicago Bulls - DJ WILSON, MICHIGAN

17. Milwaukee Bucks - HARRY GILES, DUKE

18. Indiana Pacers - JUSTIN JACKSON, NORTH CAROLINA

19. Atlanta Hawks - JARRETT ALLEN, TEXAS

20. Portland Trail Blazers - JOHN COLLINS, WAKE FOREST

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