Ducks' Jordan Bell: Playing for Blazers 'would be the best'

Former Oregon Duck forward Jordan Bell was in Portland Monday, competing in a predraft workout for the Portland Trail Blazers. See what he had to say about potentially joining the team.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Following Monday's predraft workout, which Jordan Bell categorized as one of his best, the former Oregon Ducks forward said playing for the Blazers "would be the best."

"I like the rain. I like the weather," he said. "People around here are probably some of the nicest people I've ever met."

Bell also said he believes he brings something the Blazers are missing: toughness.

"I would fit very well (in Portland), defensively being that force," he said. "Obviously the bigs weren't as tough this year, in my opinion. I can bring that dog to this team, the tough guy on defense. Anchoring the defense. Switching screens. I move very well for my size."

Offensively, Bell said his ability to grab offensive rebounds and kick the ball back out to the perimeter could get extra shots for Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

VIDEO: Jordan Bell talks about comparisons to Draymond Green

 

Bell said he's heard the comparisons to Draymond Green and doesn't think they're that far off.

"All my life, people have said they don't know what position I am, they don't know what I do well," he said. "Same way with (Green), you don't know what position he is. He's 6-7, can guard 1 through 5, real defensive force. Offensively, he just does whatever the team needs to do to win, finding open shooters, understanding his role."

Bell's stock has risen during the predraft process. He told reporters he expects to be drafted between the 18th and 31st pick. He said Indiana at 18 and Atlanta at 19 have both said they're interested in him.

"I don't expect to fall past 31," he said.

Monday was the Blazers' final predraft workout. They've brought in 37 prospects since the workouts began June 7.

In addition to Bell, the Blazers' Monday workout included North Carolina forward Justin Jackson, Cal sophomore Ivan Rabb and German center Isaiah Hartenstein. Those three players are all projected to be drafted in the first round.

The other participants in Monday's workout were Wesley Iwundu, a senior guard out of Kansas State who projects as a second-round selection; and University of New Orleans senior forward Erik Thomas, who is not expected to be drafted.

Texas freshman center Jarrett Allen didn't work out with the group Monday, but is having a private workout for the team Monday afternoon, according to Comcast Sports Northwest's Jason Quick.

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One notable omission among the Blazers' workout participants was Gonzaga center Zach Collins. The Blazers were one of 13 teams that met individually with Collins at the NBA combine.

Here's a look at the 37 draft prospects brought in by the Blazers since workouts began on June 7.

June 19

Jarrett Allen, C, Texas, freshman

  • Height: 6-11
  • Weight: 224
  • Wingspan: 7-5
  • Stats: 13.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.5 blocks
  • Draft projection: Mid to late first round

Justin Jackson, F, North Carolina, junior

  • Height: 6-8
  • Weight: 193
  • Wingspan: 6-11
  • Stats: 18.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 36.8 3P%
  • Draft projection: Mid to late first round

Ivan Rabb, F/C, Cal, sophomore

  • Height: 6-10
  • Weight: 215
  • Wingspan: 7-2
  • Stats: 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.0 block
  • Draft projection: Late first round

Isaiah Hartenstein, C, Germany, 19 years old

  • Height: 7-0
  • Weight: 225
  • Wingspan: 7-2
  • Stats: 4.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 11.5 minutes
  • Draft projection: Late first round/early second round

Jordan Bell, F, Oregon, junior

  • Height: 6-9
  • Weight: 227
  • Wingspan: 7-0
  • Stats: 11.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 1.3 steals
  • Draft projection: Late first round/early second round

Wesley Iwundu, G, Kansas State, senior

  • Height: 6-7
  • Weight: 205
  • Wingspan: 7-1
  • Stats: 13.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 37.6 3P%
  • Draft projection: Early to mid-second round

Erik Thomas, F, New Orleans, senior

  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 215
  • Wingspan: N/A
  • Stats: 18.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists
  • Draft projection: Undrafted

June 12

Thomas Bryant, F/C, Indiana, sophomore

  • Height: 6-foot-10
  • Weight: 241
  • Wingspan: 7-6
  • Stats: 12.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks
  • Draft projection: Early second round

Antonius Cleveland, G, SE Missouri State, senior

  • Height: 6-6
  • Weight: 195
  • Wingspan: N/A
  • Stats: 16.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 40.0 3P%
  • Draft projection: Undrafted

Charles Cooke, G, Dayton, senior

  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 190
  • Wingspan: 7-0
  • Stats: 15.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 39.8 3P%
  • Draft projection: Undrafted

Kobi Simmons, G, Arizona, freshman

  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 170
  • Wingspan: 6-6
  • Stats: 8.7 points, 2.0 assists, 1.6 rebounds
  • Draft projection: Undrafted

Caleb Swanigan, F, Purdue, sophomore

  • Height: 6-9
  • Weight: 247
  • Wingspan: 7-3
  • Stats: 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 44.8 3P%
  • Draft projection: Early second round

Justin Robinson, G, Monmouth, senior

  • Height: 5-8
  • Weight: 175
  • Wingspan: 5-10
  • Stats: 19.7 points, 4.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 40.3 3P%
  • Draft projection: Undrafted

June 10

Bam Adebayo, F, Kentucky, freshman

  • Height: 6-10
  • Weight: 250
  • Wingspan: 7-3
  • Stats: 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks
  • Draft projection: Middle first round

Dwayne Bacon, G, Florida State, sophomore

  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 202
  • Wingspan: 6-10
  • Stats: 17.2 points, 4.2 rebounds
  • Draft projection: Late second round

Dillon Brooks, G/F, Oregon, junior

  • Height: 6-6
  • Weight: 215
  • Wingspan: 6-6
  • Stats: 16.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 40.4 3P%
  • Draft projection: Mid-second round

Terrance Ferguson, G/F, Australia, 19 years old

  • Height: 6-7
  • Weight: 186
  • Wingspan: 6-9
  • Stats: 4.6 points, 1.2 rebounds, 31.3 3P%, 15.1 minutes
  • Draft projection: Mid- to late-first round

Nigel Hayes, F, Wisconsin, senior

  • Height: 6-7
  • Weight: 245
  • Wingspan: 7-3
  • Stats: 14.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists
  • Draft projection: Undrafted

Melo Trimble, G, Maryland, junior

  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 192
  • Wingspan: 6-2
  • Stats: 17.2 points, 3.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds
  • Draft projection: Undrafted

June 9

Isaiah Briscoe, G, Kentucky, sophomore

  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 218
  • Wingspan: 6-9
  • Stats: 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 28.8 3P%
  • Draft projection: Late second round/undrafted

Tyler Dorsey, G, Oregon, sophomore

  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight:  180
  • Wingspan: 6-5
  • Stats: 14.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 42.4 3P%
  • Draft projection: Mid-second round

Tyler Lydon, F, Syracuse, sophomore

  • Height: 6-10
  • Weight: 225
  • Wingspan: 7-0
  • Stats: 13.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 39.2 3P%
  • Draft projection: Late first round

Cameron Oliver, F, Nevada, sophomore

  • Height: 6-8
  • Weight: 225
  • Wingspan: 7-1
  • Stats: 16.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 38.4 3P%
  • Draft projection: Mid-second round

Anzejs Pasecniks, C, Latvia/Spain, 21 years old

  • Height: 7-2
  • Weight: 229
  • Wingspan: N/A
  • Stats: 7.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 16.5 minutes
  • Draft projection: Late first round

Trevor Thompson, C, Ohio State, junior

  • Height: 7-0
  • Weight: 250
  • Wingspan: N/A
  • Stats: 10.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.5 blocks
  • Draft projection: Undrafted

June 8

PJ Dozier, G, South Carolina, sophomore

  • Height: 6-6
  • Weight: 200
  • Wingspan: 6-11
  • Stats: 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 28.5 3P%
  • Draft projection: Early to mid-second round

Jawun Evans, G, Oklahoma State, sophomore

  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 177
  • Wingspan: 6-6
  • Stats: 19.0 points, 6.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 37.6 3P%
  • Draft projection: Late first round/early second round

Harry Giles, F, Duke, freshman

  • Height: 6-11
  • Weight: 222
  • Wingspan: 7-3
  • Stats: 3.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 11.5 minutes
  • Draft projection: Mid-first round

John Gillon, G, Syracuse, senior

  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 178
  • Wingspan: N/A
  • Stats: 10.5 points, 5.4 assists, 41.5 3P%
  • Draft projection: Undrafted

Donovan Mitchell, G, Louisville, sophomore

  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 210
  • Wingspan: 6-10
  • Stats: 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 35.4 3P%
  • Draft projection: Early to mid-first round

Justin Patton, C, Creighton, freshman

  • Height: 7-0
  • Weight: 226
  • Wingspan: 7-3
  • Stats: 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.4 blocks
  • Draft projection: Mid to late first round

OG Anunoby, F, Indiana, sophomore

  • Height: 6-8
  • Weight: 215
  • Wingspan: 7-2
  • Stats: 11.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks
  • Draft projection: Mid-first round

June 7

Antonio Blakeney, G, LSU, sophomore

  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 177
  • Wingspan: 6-8
  • Stats: 17.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 35.8 3P%
  • Draft projection: Undrafted

John Collins, F, Wake Forest, sophomore

  • Height: 6-10
  • Weight:  225
  • Wingspan: 6-11
  • Stats: 19.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks
  • Draft projection: Mid-first round

Josh Hart, G, Villanova, senior

  • Height: 6-6
  • Weight: 204
  • Wingspan: 6-8
  • Stats: 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 40.4 3P%
  • Draft projection: Early to mid-second round

TJ Leaf, F, UCLA, freshman

  • Height: 6-10
  • Weight: 220 pounds
  • Wingspan: 6-11
  • Stats: 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 46.6 3P%
  • Draft projection: Mid- to late first round

Sindarius Thornwell, G, South Carolina, senior

  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 214
  • Wingspan: 6-10
  • Stats: 21.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 39.2 3P%
  • Draft projection: Mid to late second round

Paris Bass, G/F, NBA D-League

  • Height: 6-8
  • Weight:  196
  • Wingspan: 7-0
  • Stats: 3.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.7 blocks, 11.4 minutes
  • Draft projection: Undrafted

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