Portland's Pre-Draft Workouts Begin With A Slate Of Familiar Names

The Portland Trail Blazers hosted five players in their first pre-draft workout of 2018 Friday morning at their practice facility in Tualatin. Owners of the 24th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, which will be held June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Trail Blazers are now entering the final phase of their pre-draft evaluation process, which includes workouts and meeting with players individually in order to get a sense of who they are both as players and people. And at least in the case of Friday's workout, that might be a little easier than usual, with three of the five players being related to either current or former NBA players. There was UCLA guard Aaron Holiday, who is the youngest brother of Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday. The 6-1 guard, who followed in the footsteps of his brother Jrue and sister Lauren by playing his college ball in Westwood, started for the better part of three season at UCLA, averaging of 14.3 points per game on 45 percent shooting from the field and 42 percent shooting from three, 4.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.