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Better Know Your New Blazers: Eric Maynor

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The Skinny:

Eric Maynor

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Full Name: Eric Demarqua Maynor

Date/Place of Birth: 6/11/1987-Raeford, NC
Height/Weight-6’ 3”, 175 lbs

Primary Position: PG

Projected Role: Backup PG

College: VCU
NBA Draft: Drafted with the 20th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by Utah

Honors: Two time CAA Player of the Year (2008 and 2009)

Career Averages-4.2 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1 TOPG, .4 SPG.  12-13 PER: 7.52


Eric’s Strengths:

If you looked up “solid NBA backup PG” in the dictionary, you might find a picture of Eric Maynor.  He’s nothing special but he is a steady player with a pass-first mind set.  He has good handles and a decent outside shot.  On defense, Maynor is a decent defender and does a good job in staying in position against most players.  He’ll be a solid pickup for Portland


Eric’s Weaknesses:

Aside from the obvious, that Maynor is recovering from ACL surgery last season and that brings with it obvious attendant injury and athleticism concerns, Maynor wasn’t much of an athlete to begin with.  On offense, he’s always struggled to get to the rim and the injury hasn’t helped.  However, given that this was never a big part of his game to begin with, this might not be a real problem.  On defense, Maynor’s lack of athleticism and his thin frame can be a challenge at times.  Still, his overall high basketball IQ somewhat negates this deficit.  Bottom line, as said above, he’s not starter but instead a solid and sorely needed backup even with his faults.


Blazer Connections:

Briefly played with Ronnie Price and Wesley Matthews in Utah.


Did You Know?:

Eric’s father George was a fourth round pick of the Bulls in 1979.

Maynor was the first VCU player ever selected in the first round.

Eric became the first Jazz player to record a  double-double in his first career start since Andrei Kirilenko in 2001.


skywaker9 (David) is a Portland native and passionate Blazers fan. He currently works as a University fiscal analyst for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. He also has a PhD in Public Affairs and Policy at Portland State University. David is a former political activist who chose to focus on sports because they made him happy. He primarily writes previews for PWE and one of his primary goals is to inform Blazer fans everywhere about those players on other teams they may not have heard of but should (such as Nikola Vucevic).