We don't have a big who can score anyway, so upgrading the defense of one of them doesn't hurt the offense any. It's still a net positive.
Doesn't really matter to me anyway, Noel would be just fine running a P&R offense with Kemba. If it's determined that he's the BPA when we pick, then I don't want that to mean we give up on Bis. Let them play together and figure it out. We can still add a scoring post player with the Portland pick or from the FA market
If the team goes big in the top five, I'd rather they take Carter-Williams later in the draft. A big point guard that can defend twos would allow Kemba to play off the ball for long stretches on focus solely on scoring the ball. Also, something that hasn't been brought up: Portland's a prime candidate for a second-half swoon. They're currently sitting ninth in the West and they've been leaning heavily on their starting five this season, probably more so than any other team. With Minnesota, Dallas, and the Lakers all currently sitting behind them, I could see the Blazers dropping a spot or two in March. If they do that, it isn't far-fetched to think they'd tank in April to drop down to 10 or 11 and keep their pick. It's very possible the Bobcats only have one pick this spring, so be prepared for that.
Ah, well, that's possible. With Detroit only a few games back from Boston and Portland running their starting five into the ground, it's entirely possible the Cats have three picks or only one, anyway. MCW looks like he'll make a solid pro, though.
If we do draft Noel we can certainly use both he and Biz.
Biz & Mullens compliment each other well stylistically ... Noel could be paired with an offensively minded C (who we'd obviously have to obtain, let's call him playerX) while he matures physically. Until said maturation Noel has the athleticism to defend 4s.
So one offensive 4 in Mullens, one defensive 4 in Noel. One defensive 5 in Biz, one offensive 5 in playerX.
We can then pair Noel & Biz late in games on D and pair Mullens & playerX when on offence.
I appreciate the above is simplistic, labelling players as 4s or 5s, but it serves to show that both can be used on this roster.
MKG effs it all up with his ridiculous jump shot that he needs to do something about.
Anthony Bennett excites me because he can come in and be a stretch 4 and give room to MKG to operate around the paint....
I know Noel is quick and agile with awesome defensive timing, but when I see his frail body I think he's 3 years away from remotely showing what he can be as an NBA big. Maybe look at him as the longterm successor to Biz or the longterm complement if they actually develop.
It would take patience with those two.