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Which Player Would You Avoid With the #7 Pick?

Most of the discussion involving the NBA Draft revolves around the best player to choose. Today, we’re going to open up discussion of the exact opposite.

Let’s be honest: Every NBA Draft has its busts. With so many picks, it’s unavoidable. And the Portland Trail Blazers hold the #7 position of the draft, so the bust potential is inevitable. For every Steph Curry and Jamal Murray chosen in the 7th spot, there is also an Emmanuel Mudiay or Chris Mihm.

So today, we open it up to our community: Of the most likely picks available, who do you NOT want the Portland Trail Blazers to pick?

Show your work. Why do you want to avoid this player? Explain your reasoning.

But first, we need to establish which players are most likely to be picked in the top 10. I did the research for you. As of May 15, here are the eleven names that most commonly appeared in the top ten of the popular online mock drafts:

Alex Sarr | Age: 19 | Center | 7-1 | 205 pounds | Australia

Zaccharie Risacher | Age: 19 | Guard/Forward | 6-9 | 204 pounds | France

Reed Sheppard | Age: 19 | Guard | 6-3 | 187 pounds | Freshman | Kentucky

Nikola Topić | Age: 18 | Guard | 6-6 | 201 pounds | Serbia

Matas Buzelis | Age: 19 | Forward | 6-9 | 212 pounds | G League Ignite

Stephon Castle | Age: 19 | Guard | 6-6 | 215 pounds | Freshman | UConn

Donovan Clingan | Age: 20 | Center | 7-2 | 280 pounds | Sophomore | UConn

Rob Dillingham | Age: 19 | Guard | 6-2 | 178 pounds | Freshman | Kentucky

Ron Holland | Age: 18 | Guard/Forward | 6-8 | 206 pounds | G League Ignite

Dalton Knecht | Age: 23 | Guard | 6-6 | 215 pounds | Senior | Tennessee

Cody Williams | Age: 19 | Forward | 6-8 | 185 pounds | Freshman | Colorado

This is your entire list to choose from. Other players do occasionally get listed in the top ten, but are overall the exception. So let’s keep it to this list of consensus choices so far.

Which one of these names sets off the loudest alarm sirens, and a big red flashing “AVOID” sign?

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