PORTLAND, Oregon — The University of Oregon’s Jordan Bell went through his NBA pre-draft workout with the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. He had been scheduled with Oregon’s professional team for the last two weeks.
Following teammates Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey’s workout with the Blazers on June 9 is nothing new for the Long Beach product. Oregon’s big three have worked out for a number of the same organizations.
Jordan Bell’s stock has been steadily rising since the college basketball season ended. Has it risen high enough for the Blazers to select Bell in the first round?
“I think I’ve shown I have the potential to be a good shooter in the NBA,” said Bell. “I feel when I’m at my best, I’m a bully on the court.”
The Blazers have three first round selections (15, 20, 26) and that is it. Portland does not posses a second round pick this season. Therefore, if they want a Duck, they have to pay for them.
Currently, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year is working on improving his offensive game. Bell has been improving all aspects of his game this offseason.
“I am trying to extend my range,” Bell stated. “Three-point shots, facing up from the block, pick-and-pop, stuff like that.”
Toss in the fact that Bell works harder than anyone on the floor and you have a recipe for greatness. The only question now is ‘where will he land?’
“I want to be the most energetic guy on the floor,” replied Bell after his workout.
Thus far, Bell has worked out for a number of teams publicly and some privately. Oregon’s No. 1 shot-blocker in school history (233) offers a bevy of skills and desire for his prospective future team.
Here is an updated list of the teams Bell has publicly worked out for, including the teams that have shown interest:
May 15 - Indiana Pacers
May 22 - Toronto Raptors
May 30 - Los Angeles Lakers
May 31 - Sacramento Kings
June 5 - Utah Jazz
June 7 - Philadelphia 76ers
June 19 - Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers would be a great destination for Bell. Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic are already in place. The California native would be a welcomed addition to an offensive unit. Throw in a Brooks or Dorsey selection and have yourself an Oregon reunion party.
We are less than four days away from the 2017 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Anything can change in the next 72 hours. We patiently await the future for five incredible Oregon basketball players. Stick with ATQ for every move. Always us.
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