3. Portland Trail Blazers take Alex Sarr
The Blazers traded Damian Lillard after 11 years of building a Hall of Fame resume. The seven-time All-Star is now in Milwaukee, but Portland drafted Scoot Henderson third overall in 2023 to be his replacement. He has massive shoes to fill. The rebuilding Blazers are in no rush, but figure to be selecting near the top of this draft and searching for the best player available.
Sarr put himself in the running for number one overall with an impressive summer and early fall. The 7’1 big man jumped off the screen playing for the Perth Wildcats against the G League Ignite. He put up 43 points, 18 rebounds, four assists, and 12 blocks over the two contests and made a difference on both ends of the floor. Sarr also helped France win the silver at the FIBA under-19 World Cup this summer.
The teenager’s versatility has scouts most intrigued. He can switch onto the perimeter and hang with ball-handlers along with being a strong rebounder and rim protector. On offense, the 7’1 big man has playmaking ability and a developing jumper. There is still plenty of room to grow, but the showcase in Vegas against the Ignite boosted his stock.
Alex Sarr will have to continue to shine in the NBL this season to cement his status. He is playing in a professional league against older more physical players. How will the teenager hold up? If he stands out, Sarr could be the number-one pick in June.