Prior to the game on Saturday, Blazers head coach Nate McMillan offered high praise for the rookie:
He can play. I like him. He can score. He’s strong. He does a lot. He can put the ball on the floor. He’s got range on his jump shot … He’s a pretty mature rookie. He has an NBA game and an understanding of how to play that 2 position — a guy who can get to the free throw line as well as shoot the ball, handle the ball, be strong, take contact. I think he’s a solid young player.