Grading Neil Olshey’s first year with the Portland Trail Blazers

Neil Olshey

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson grades Neil Olshey’s first year as the general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers. Coming to the Blazers from the Clippers, Olshey had to deal with an organization that was in a rut and in a mess. All he did was execute two outstanding drafts while securing talent that will help push Portland into the playoffs in the near future. He missed on Roy Hibbert, helped secure JJ Hickson, retained Nicolas Batum, and secured several veterans.

Kelly Olynyk – Big man has the “Luck Of The Irish!”

A Canadian big man who has the ability to step out and hit from deep. (Photo: The Province)

NWSB Insider Steve Lee breaks down how Northwest BC Boy Kelly Olynyk will look in 2013 for the Boston Celtics. Steve points out with the ability to run the pick and roll/slip/pop etc in a variety of effective fashions, starting Olynyk on opening night as your man in the middle is not that bad of an option. OK, his defensive intensity and lack of “mean mugging” a’la KG may not place him on the All-NBA Defensive team…

Welcome to Portland C.J. McCollum…Combo Guard Lehigh

McCollum was a good pick by Portland. (AP Photo)

Portland’s First Round Pick (10) The 2013 NBA Draft came and went last night in a spectacle that produced many surprises, the greatest of which was Nerlens Noel falling to the 6th pick after being projected as the first pick. But, as was mentioned countless times leading up to this year’s draft, there were numerous […]

Welcome to Portland Allen Crabbe…Shooting guard from Cal

Crabbe's upside is his potential to continue developing. (Tommy LaPorte/Icon SMI)

Portland Second Round Pick (31) The 2013 NBA Draft came and went last night in a spectacle that produced many surprises, the greatest of which was Nerlens Noel falling to the 6th pick after being projected as the first pick. But, as was mentioned countless times leading up to this year’s draft, there were numerous […]

Portland Trail Blazers: Grades and analysis for 2013 NBA draft

CJ McCollum

ESPN Editor Bryant Knox recaps the 2013 NBA draft for the Portland Trail Blazers. Despite rumors swirling before the event, Portland’s night was relatively uneventful. However, uneventful isn’t a bad thing when you improve. With the No. 10 pick, Neil Olshey and Paul Allen chose PG C.J. McCollum out of Lehigh.

Under-the-radar picks the Blazers could end up with

Shane Larkin

NWSB Insider Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ 2013 NBA Draft and breaks down which players could be sleepers. Shane Larkin, Shabazz Muhammad, Giannia Antetokounmpo and Ricky Ledo all make the list. Oregon’s E.J. Singler also makes the list, although as a second-round prospect, or even a free-agent acquisition. If Portland really wants to take a chance at 10, Muhammad could very well be the guy…

Players the Trail Blazers should target with #10 pick

Kentavius Caldwell-Pope is as good as his name sounds (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog talks about what five players he would like to see drafted by the Blazers with the No. 10 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. There is a mixed bunch drafted at number 10, but judging by history, the odds of drafting at least a role player is pretty high. All the Blazers need is a role player. They need someone to come off the bench and score some points. Targets look like Shabazz Muhammad, Cody Zeller, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

The national media predicts the Portland Trail Blazers draft…

Muhammad could potentially become a Blazer (US Presswire)

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down who the Portland Trail Blazers are expected to draft according to the national media. ESPN, CBS, Sports Illustrated and Hoopsworld are just a few of the publications. Players on Portland’s radar are Shabazz Muhammad, Cody Zeller, Alex Len, Kantavious Caldwell-Pope and the Northwest’s own Kelly Olynyk. With money to spend, free agency will be a hot topic around PDX as well this offseason. Stay tuned.

Tips Portland should follow if they want to make 2014 Playoffs

Muhammad could potentially become a Blazer (US Presswire)

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog gives five tips to the Portland Trail Blazers that, if followed, will lead them to the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Aside from building off of the success of Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland needs to find a more defensive minded center, draft the best available player, and add some depth to their roster that they don’t currently have.

NBA draft prospects who would look good as Portland Trail Blazers

Michael Carter Williams

Bryant Knox breaks down which NBA prospects the Portland Trail Blazers should target in the 2013 NBA draft. If PDX can enter the top 3, Nerlens Noel has to be on their radar. Big man Alex Len will be tough to obtain, but with a draft-day deal, he could be a target. Michael Carter Williams, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Cody Zeller should also be on Portland’s radar.

Flash Forward: Projecting the top 5 northwest hoops players for 2012/13

Kevin Pangos

Gaddy and Pangos Among Best Summer basketball camp season is upon us all and there could not be a more perfect time to gather around the campfire and discuss who would be among the counselors at the 2012 Pacific Northwest Top Players Camp. There are a litany of Pacific Northwest players that would have made […]

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