Blazers Draft Daní Díez at No. 54

Díez shot 41.4 percent on threes and averaged 6.8 rebounds per game this season

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The Portland Trail Blazers selected Daní Díez with the 54th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Díez, who turned 22 in April, is a 6’8″ small forward. He shot 41.4 percent from three this season and finished fourth in the ACB in rebounding (6.8 per game).

Díez will be a draft-and-stash player, and it’s possible he never makes the jump to the NBA.

Díez doesn’t have NBA athleticism or physical measurements (6’5″ wingspan), but he is a smart and active player. He played for Gipuzkoa this season, on loan from Real Madrid. It’s unclear which ACB team he will play for in 2015-16.

For more on what Díez faces in his potential ACB-to-NBA transition, check out this article, featuring interviews with Kristaps Porzingis, Ricky Rubio and more.

Austin Green runs from Madrid, Spain with the occasional help of his friends and colleagues.


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