NBA mock draft roundup: Who will the Blazers draft?

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The NBA draft is eight days away. The Portland Trail Blazers, with the 15th, 20th and 26th picks in the draft, have been busy working out prospects the past couple weeks.

Nobody knows if Portland will use all its picks or trade one or more, meaning the Blazers will be one of the most interesting teams to follow leading up to the draft.

The most recent mock drafts seem to be reaching a consensus on some of the Blazers' selections. Duke forward Harry Giles shows up in most projections, and a few players (North Carolina's Justin Jackson, German big man Isaiah Hartenstein) show up more than once as well.

This means nothing, of course. There is no inside information in these mock drafts. The Blazers, under general manager Neil Olshey, are traditionally tight-lipped. These are simply the best educated guesses of reporters who follow the NBA draft closer than anyone else.

ESPN (updated June 14)

Reporter: Chad Ford

15. Harry Giles, Duke, freshman, forward

Teams are still taking a wait-and-see attitude on Giles. He was very impressive in a pro-day workout in New York last week. He showed no real ill effects from his knee injuries. He was bouncy and active and reminded some scouts why they fell in love with him as the potential No. 1 pick before his latest knee injury. The key will be the medical results. Giles, like many of the other top prospects in the draft, didn't go through the combine medical testing and chose instead to do a private physical. Once teams get a look at those results, we'll have a better feel for whether No. 15 is too high or too low. But if feels like extraordinary value for the Blazers here.

20. Edrice Adebayo, Kentucky, freshman, forward

This is the second first-rounder for the Blazers. They've been shopping this around and at least one team, the Knicks, appears interested. It's doubtful Portland keeps all three first-round picks. Adebayo is steadily rising back up draft boards and a very strong pro day has scouts buzzing again, especially at the terrific feet that allow him to guard multiple positions. Whether this pick is for the Blazers or someone else, there's real value there.

26. Isaiah Hartenstein, Germany, forward

This is the third pick for the Blazers, and it makes sense that they'd invest in a draft-and-stash prospect with at least one of them. Hartenstein is an athletic big man who lacks refinement in his game. The Blazers can keep him overseas for another year or two.

Sports Illustrated (updated June 13)

Reporter: Andrew Sharp

15. Justin Jackson, North Carolina, junior, forward

Justin Jackson won't be as dominant in the NBA as he was for North Carolina this year, but he projects as the sort of small forward who fits well as the fifth starter on a playoff team. He can hit threes, he hustles, his defense will be solid, and his length will flummox teams on both ends of the floor. Think of him like Otto Porter on this year's Wizards, but on a rookie deal in Portland, instead of the max deal that Otto Porter's about to get in DC. It's a good fit.

20. Harry Giles, Duke, freshman, forward

Everyone knows the story by now: Giles was the No. 1 recruit in this class for most of his high school career until knee injuries derailed him, and then he arrived at Duke, where injuries slowed him all over again. The red flags are pretty clear here. And yet, if he can stay healthy and rediscover some of the open-floor athleticism and explosion at the rim that made him a star to begin with, he'd be a major steal this low in the draft. Someone will roll the dice on him in this range, and the Blazers can afford to get weird if they keep all three picks.

26. T.J. Leaf, UCLA, freshman, forward

T.J. Leaf probably won't be good enough on defense to start at the next level, but he's so skilled as a passer and shooter that he'll have value wherever he lands. Compare Leaf to someone like Ivan Rabb. Both have weaknesses that limit their ceiling, but Leaf's strengths are a much better fit with the wide-open game that's being played all over the league. The Blazers probably won't keep all three first round picks, but Leaf would have value either in Portland, or as a low-cost attachment to whichever ghastly contract Portland's trying to dump in two weeks. 

Fox Sports (updated June 14)

Reporter: Andrew Lynch

15. Justin Jackson, North Carolina, junior, forward

Portland has an elite point guard in Damian Lillard, a dynamite shooting guard in C.J. McCollum, and an emerging big man in Jusuf Nurkic. What the Blazers need is a rangy wing who can fill it up from all areas of the court, and the 22-year-old Jackson is certainly that kind of player.

20. Harry Giles, Duke, freshman, forward

With several picks in a rather deep draft, the Blazers should take a chance on a talented player who slid down draft boards for one reason or another, and Duke's Giles is a worthy risk. In a best-case scenario, he'll provide the kind of rim-protection and pick-and-roll finishing that Jusuf Nurkic doesn't.

26. Isaiah Hartenstein, Germany, forward

The more video I watch of Hartenstein — and he's currently the one prospect who most intrigues me — the more I think we need to stop labeling him a potential stretch-five. He's a big man who loves to dunk on people and just happens to be able to shoot the occasional 3-pointer for good measure. He's definitely a project, but the Blazers have enough talent on their roster currently to take their time with a player who could take a couple years to become NBA-ready.

Bleacher Report (updated June 14)

Reporter: Jonathan Wasserman

15. John Collins, Wake Forest, sophomore, forward

One of the most athletic bigs in the draft, John Collins consistently dominated ACC front lines and should be proving to teams in workouts he's a better shooter than he showed at Wake Forest. Scouts have praised his body, explosiveness and offense, though there is some debate as to how effective he'll be defensively. At the least, he still comes off as a role-playing energizer with exciting room to grow as a scorer.

20. Harry Giles, Duke, freshman, forward

With three first-round picks, the Portland Trail Blazers are in position to gamble on Harry Giles, whose three knee procedures and 3.9 points per game at Duke will have many looking elsewhere. The fact that Portland could use more bigs should only make him more attractive. Giles is going through workouts, and so far, there haven't been any worrisome reports on his medicals or bounce. Already equipped with A-plus tools, he could turn some heads if he can move like he used to and comfortably make open jumpers.

26. Derrick White, Colorado, senior, guard

If the Portland Trail Blazers keep their picks at No. 15 and No. 20, don't count on them making their third first-round selection. This is a trade-out spot for another team looking to get a first or second pick in the draft. Derrick White's popularity has risen dramatically over the past two months following the Portsmouth Invitational and NBA combine. He's working out for team after team, and scouts are now viewing him as a legitimate first-round option. With guards in demand and a surplus of bigs on the board, No. 26 could be a realistic spot for White, whether Portland is still picking here or not.

NBC Sports (updated June 14)

Reporter: Rob Dauster

15. O.G. Anunoby, Indiana, sophomore, forward

20. Ike Anigbogu, UCLA, freshman, center

26. Jordan Bell, Oregon, junior, forward

DraftExpress (updated June 13)

15. OG Anunoby, Indiana, sophomore, forward

20. Harry Giles, Duke, freshman, forward

26. Semi Ojeleye, SMU, junior, forward

NBADraft.net (updated June 13)

15. Justin Patton, Creighton, sophomore, center

20. Kyle Kuzma, Utah, junior, forward

26. Isaiah Hartenstein, Gremany, forward

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