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Gary Trent Update

Former Duke sharpshooter is thriving with the Blazers

Washington Wizards v Portland Trail Blazers
PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 4: Gary Trent Jr. #2 of the Portland Trail Blazers looks on during the game against the Washington Wizards on March 4, 2020 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon.
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In the 2018 draft, Duke saw Marvin Bagley go #2, Wendell Carter go #7 and Grayson Allen go #21.

Gary Trent didn't go until the second when Sacramento took him at #37 and swapped him to Portland where he’s found a home.

This article from praises him highly as a “model professional” and says that he could be the future of the franchise.

He only got 77 minutes in his first season but this year, after moving in and out of the rotation, he established himself as a key player for the Blazers. The season was shortened by the pandemic (assuming it doesn't restart which seems increasingly unlikely), but Trent has carved out enough of a role to talk not just about next season but also his next contract.

To paraphrase what Grant Hill said about his father and money, it’s not where you’re drafted, it’s what you do with your potential.

As a side note, look at how China has affected the NBA this season. First with the nearly forgotten imbroglio over Daryl Morey’s tweet about the Hong Kong protests and then the emergence of the Coronavirus. You have to imagine that a few times a day Commissioner Adam Silver reflects on the damage and shakes his head in wonder.