NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us five things to watch for as the Portland Trail Blazers begin training camp. The 2013-14 NBA season will be an intriguing one for Rip City. Along with the development of Damian Lillard, it will be interesting to watch how the rotation is set with a crowded backcourt comprising Wesley Matthews, CJ McCollum and Mo Williams. When it comes to LaMarcus Aldridge, expect to hear about trade rumors. Also, Robin Lopez will help the team defensively.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox evaluates the 100/1 odds the Portland Trail Blazers have been given to win the 2014 championship (via Bovada.lv). For fans looking to put money down on Portland, understand that the odds are against you. This team is young and inexperienced, and quite frankly, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are hardly the stars that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are for the Miami Heat. That said, if you’re feeling optimistic, you can focus on the fact that Nicolas Batum has a chance to round out Rip City’s Big Three, and that CJ McCollum, Mo Williams and Thomas Robinson will be solid additions to the bench.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers 2013-14 roster, with an emphasis on the veterans. The Blazers are a relatively young roster, so for the sake of this assignment, we look at the top-five players with at least five years experience. LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Mo Williams, Robin Lopez and Dorell Wright all make the cut. Earl Watson earns an honorable mention for his off-court presence and leadership.
NWSB Insider Bryant Knox power ranks the entire Portland Trail Blazers roster entering the 2013-14 NBA season. The top two names should be no surprise. Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are the top scorers on this roster, which means they’ll lead the way in the new season. The question is: Where do players like Wesley Matthews, CJ McCollum and Nicolas Batum fall? And where do Thomas Robinson and Robin Lopez, the team’s newest big men, land as well?
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down Damian Lillard’s recent prediction on ESPN’s TrueHoop TV that the Portland Trail Blazers will win 46 games during the 2013-14 NBA season. The question here is whether the Rookie of the Year is crazy or confident? Teams such as the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves will be drastically improved, and even the Los Angeles Lakers can compete if Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash are healthy. Rip City has the talent to push for Lillard’s prediction, but the competition will be stiff.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us five x-factors for the Oregon Ducks entering their Week 2 matchup against the Virginia Cavaliers. Getting players like De’Anthony Thomas out in space will be crucial. Thomas Tyner and Byron Marshall will be able to play up the middle. The team that wins the turnover battle will have the edge, but the Ducks can control the tempo from start to finish. Virginia may have home-field advantage, but if the Ducks can quiet the crowd early, they’ll continue their recent road success.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us five reasons why the Oregon Ducks will score at least 70 points on Nicholls State in the season opener. To start, Marcus Mariota, De’Anthony Thomas and Byron Marshall will be too much talent for a bad defense to handle. The Ducks also have home-field advantage, which has done them well in the past — especially in the first game of the year. Also, the Oregon State Beavers scored 77 on this team last season.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us a quick look at Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard entering his sophomore season. Where the 7’1″ big man excels is in transition and in the mid-range. Where he needs to improve is in his strength, as well as his low-post offense and defense. Expect to see him learn behind Robin Lopez, and expect him to be thrown into the mix a bit more alongside Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge.
NWSB Editor breaks down the Portland Trail Blazers’ payroll entering the 2013-14 season. GM Neil Olshey has done an outstanding job when it comes to finding cheap, talented players. He’s also kept the future flexible, with short-term deals to players such as Thomas Robinson, Dorell Wright and Robin Lopez. Rip City currently has one of the best contracts in the NBA in Damian Lillard, but the jury is still out on what will happen with Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down which games on the Portland Trail Blazers’ 2013-14 schedule are most noteworthy entering the season. The NBA released its schedule recently, and the Blazers will open up the year against the Phoenix Suns. Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers also make the list, as well as Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. LeBron James and the Miami Heat coming to town is always exciting, but look for Greg Oden to draw the most attention.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers official 2013-14 NBA schedule. The team will open its season against the Phoenix Suns and its home opener will be a few days later against the San Antonio Spurs. The team has won 11 straight home openers, which is the same amount of nationally televised games it will play this season. Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum will wrap up their season against Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down the Oregon Ducks’ newest all-yellow uniform combination. If there’s anything that Chip Kelly, and now Mark Helfrich’s squad has become known for, it’s the uniforms. BCS bowl games and near-undefeated seasons have helped build the fan base, but there’s no denying that the uniforms have helped when it’s come to recruiting for college football season.