Trail Blazers must make J.J. Hickson sixth man moving forward

NWSB Writer Bryant Knox explains why the Portland Trail Blazers would be better of bringing J.J. Hickson off the bench this season. The Blazers bench is averaging just 12.8 points per game, which is hands-down the worst in the entire NBA. Meyers Leonard may not be ready to take the starting center role, but Hickson would be a far better leader off the bench at this point in the 2012-13 season.

Blazers vs. Mavericks: NBA love ’em & hate ’em breakdown

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs. Mavericks matchup. The Headline: The Blazers can’t do anything to stop O.J. Mayo, as they fall to the Mavs 114-91. L.A. and Matthews really came alive on defense, and the team played great on the boards. But ugly ball control—and an inability to defend the perimeter—led to this big loss.

Keys to a NICE Trail Blazers win Saturday night

NWSB Writer Bryant Knox recaps what went right for the Portland Trail Blazers in their Saturday night matchup against the Houston Rockets. The final score was 95-85 in Portland’s favor, and there were a handful of keys to the victory that the team must use against the Dallas Mavericks Monday night. Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews and the rest of the starting lineup made up for the team’s inadequacies off the bench, Damian Lillard showed poise in his third career game.

Blazers vs. Thunder: NBA love ’em & hate ’em breakdown

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs. Thunder matchup. The Headline: Despite doing everything else right, the Blazers can’t make their shots, landing their first loss of the season. Damian Lillard becomes just the third NBA rookie to get 20 points and 7 assists in his first two games. But not even that can erase the disappointing play from Batum and the bench.

Portland Trail Blazers: Reasons they’ll overachieve or underachieve

NWSB Editor and Writer Jon Irwin talks about the ways the Portland Trail Blazers can overachieve and underachieve in the upcoming 2012/2013 NBA season. Big play from their rookies—especially Damian Lillard—could help Portland overachieve. But if Nicolas Batum and the centers falter, Portland’s going to lose a lot of games.

State of Rip City: Portland Trail Blazers 2012/13 season preview

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers writer Rick Stella previews the 2012-13 season. If Portland has any shot at earning one of the eight playoff spots, they have a lot of work ahead of them. Stella predicts that patience will be required with Terry Stott’s team, and that Rip City’s final record will be 35-47. He also projects the season’s stats for LaMarcus Alddridge, J.J. Hickson, Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews and Damian Lillard.

Current Portland Trail Blazers not in the long-term plan

NWSB Writer Bryant Knox previews which Portland Trail Blazers may not be with the team beyond the rebuilding phase. The team has seen quite a bit of turnover the past few seasons, and with the current rebuilding process just getting under way, there are a handful of players who could disappear if the team can’t return to prominence this year. Wesley Matthews, J.J. Hickson, Luke Babbitt, Elliot Williams and Victor Claver make the list.

Portland Trail Blazers 2012/13 preseason roundup

NWSB Writer Bryant Knox recaps the Portland Trail Blazers 2012 preseason. Underwhelming pre-season. Lessons learned along the way give us a decent picture of an exciting young roster, including draft pick Damian Lillard, but the growing pains of an inexperienced team could derail high expectations at times throughout the year. LaMarcus Aldridge is the go-to option, but did J.J. Hickson, Nicolas Batum or Wesley Matthews do enough to become the No. 2 option?

Predicting Portland Trail Blazers most improved player in 2013

NWSB Writer Bryant Knox previews the 2012-13 NBA season and breaks down who could be he most improved player on the Portland Trail Blazers. Following the disappointment that was the 2011-12 NBA season, there’s plenty of room to grow on such a young roster, and there are a few viable options for the team’s most improved player. Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews and J.J. Hickson are all possibilities candidates.

Flashback: Remember the top 5 moments of 2012 for RiP City

NWSB Writer Bryant Knox recaps some of the 2011-12 season’s most memorable moments. The 2011-12 season was one of the more forgettable years in recent memory for fans of the Portland Trail Blazers, but even the most bleak situations have a few fond memories when it comes to NBA basketball. Nicolas Batum set a franchise record, LaMarcus Aldridge took his game to a new level and Brandon Roy made an unexpected return to the Rose Garden Arena.

NBA Preseason: Trail Blazers open with a win over the Lakers

NWSB Writer Bryant Knox recaps the Portland Trail Blazers’ first preseason game of the 2012-13 season. The Portland Trail Blazers played the opener against the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night, and with a score of 93-74 in Rip City’s favor, you can’t help but feel good about what you saw in the team’s performance. Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard both played well in their first NBA action.

Portland Trail Blazers: Five fearless predictions for 2012-13 Season

NWSB Writer Bryant Knox makes Portland Trail Blazers predictions as we approach the 2012/2013 NBA season. The Trail Blazers are a young, inexperienced group, but with so much potential waiting to be let loose, there could be some surprising results in 2013. In the news J.J. Hickson has been named the starting center. LaMarcus Aldridge is returning to full health. Damian Lillard will compete for Rookie of the Year.

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