In my last post, I mentioned that two of the three Blazers rookies had gotten contracts. The one that didn’t as of then was Will Barton, but because of team policies, the terms of the deals were not released.
Barton was drafted #40 in the 2012 NBA Draft, although he was told he could go as high as #17 to the Dallas Mavericks, and that there was no way he would slip past #30 to the Golden State Warriors. When asked of how he felt of falling down to #40 in the draft, he said he had “mixed emotions.” He was dissapointed as every player would be if they fell as low as he did after being told he could go mid- to late-first round. He said the reason he was glad was because Portland gave him a chance.
When GM Neil Olshey was asked about drafting Barton at #40, he said that at #40, Barton was a “gift.” Apparently, owner Paul Allen wanted to trade up to #22 to get Barton, hoping he would still be on the board. Luckily, he didn’t have to, as the other 29 teams drafted just as Olshey and Allen wanted it to, letting Barton practically fall into Olshey’s hands.
Barton is a wing player who can rebound well for a guy his size. In his Summer League debut against the New Orleans Hornets, he had 5 points, 6 rebounds (3 offensive, 3 defensive), 2 assists, and a steal, which I find to be good for a guy drafted where he was.
Until next time,