Shaedon Sharpe's Upside on Full Display in Maccabi Ra'anan Exhibition
It was a meaningless preseason game, but the world got to see the Shaedon Sharpe the Blazers fell in love with.
Throw out the opponent.
The Trail Blazers' Thursday night preseason blowout of Maccabi Ra'anan wasn't much higher-level competition than a Summer League game. But it was the first extended look most people who aren't draft-film junkies have gotten at Shaedon Sharpe.
In the first two preseason losses, when Chauncey Billups played something close to his regular-season rotation, Sharpe got in sparingly and had two very uneven performances. On Thursday, though, he got in early and often and played the kind of game the Blazers envisioned when they took him with the No. 7 overall pick in June. The pick has been called a "high-upside swing," and the upside was obvious.