NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers writer Rick Stella gives us his weekly Rick’s Picks, naming the All-Star performances showcased in Rip City. Poor bench play, a disappearing LaMarcus Aldridge, and downright awful defense has plagued Portland in their recent contests, leaving many to wonder where this team is actually headed. LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Luke Babbitt earn All-Star recognition in week two, while Lillard also takes home the Dunk of the Week.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Bryant Knox weighs in on the chances for Damian Lillard to win the 2012-2013 NBA rookie of the year award. Following his MVP performance in the Vegas Summer League, it’s easy to see how he can make a case for the award. What also makes Lillard special is that he ability to find teammates and run the offense. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson, and Anthony Davis are competition.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers writers Blair Thomas has an opinion on what the 2012 NBA off-season should hold for Raymond Felton in Rip City. Portland’s fans had a legitimate gripe. ESPN.com’s John Hollinger had Felton ranked #43 for point guards in his Player Efficiency Rating, which assesses a player’s per-minute productivity. Not good to say the least.
NWSB Insider Steve Lee has a major solution for the Portland TrailBlazers. With the coach/GM situation on the rocks, he gives us 5 suggestions for good replacements to take over reigns of the team. He lists Mitch Kupchak, Steve Kerr, John Hammond, Rich Cho/Kevin Pritchard, and Chad Buchanan as options. Take note, Paul Allen.
Portland Trailblazers fan and blogger Q weighs in with his Love’Em & Hate’Em column for the Bobcats vs. Trail Blazers game on Wednesday night. Blowout doesn’t begin to describe this one. It was nice to see guys like Craig Smith, Elliot Williams, Armon Johnson, Luke Babbit, and Nolan Smith get some extended minutes last night.