Olshey breaks down the Trail Blazers draft haul
TUALATIN, Ore. —
The Trail Blazers traded two of their three first-round picks and selected two front-court players in Thursday's 2017 NBA Draft.
"One of the things I'm really happy with is we got two of the toughest guys in this draft," said Neil Olshey, Trail Blazers president of Basketball Operations.
Portland traded the 15th and 20th overall picks to the Sacramento Kings for the 10th overall pick, where Portland selected Zach Collins, a 19-year-old, 7 foot, 232 pound center from Gonzaga.
"He's everything you want to look for in a big man in our league today," Olshey said.
The Trail Blazers used their 2nd and final pick, the 26th overall, on Caleb Swanigan, a 20-year-old, 6 foot 9 inch, 250 pound forward from Purdue.
"What we really evaluated more than anything with him is, he's just a big time basketball player," Olshey said of Swanigan.
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