Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 6

LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s star player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 6, honors go to LaMarcus Aldridge. In contests against the Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks, LA averaged 26.3 points and 12.8 rebounds while shooting 55.8 percent. Aldridge is finding success because of Terry Stotts’ system and Robin Lopez’s presence, and he’s an MVP candidate because of it.

Final grades for the 2012-13 Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard

Bryant Knox recaps the 2012-13 NBA season with grades for every Portland Trail Blazers player. LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, JJ Hickson, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum all played well in the starting lineup. Meyers Leonard and Eric Maynor showed signs of potential off the bench, while the rest of the reserves struggled more than they succeeded.

Missing pieces to the 2013/14 Rip City puzzle

JJ Hickson

Bryant Knox breaks down three spots where the Portland Trail Blazers need an upgrade. With JJ Hickson’s future up in the air, starting center is the obvious one. Eric Maynor’s future is also questionable in Rip City, so backup point guard is a priority as well. Wesley Matthews has become a very good player, but neither he nor Will Barton are great enough to hold down the 2-guard spot by themselves.

Grading Portland Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey’s 2012-13 season

Neil Olshey

Bryant Knox grades the job that Portland Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey did during the 2012-13 season. The good is highlighted by Damian Lillard, JJ Hickson, Eric Maynor and even Roy Hibbert. The bad is reserved for the depth, or lack thereof, that the team was depth. The Nicolas Batum contract and the drafting of Meyers Leonard look good, but are still up for debate.

Predicting which Trail Blazers will be gone in 2013

JJ Hickson

Bryant Knox breaks down his predictions on which Portland Trail Blazers will be gone for the 2012-13 season. Portland’s year was filled with ups and downs. Players such as Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge excelled, but others can’t quite say the same. The likely candidates to be gone are Luke Babbitt, Nolan Smith and Jared Jeffries. The more questionable ones are JJ Hickson, Elliot Williams and Eric Maynor.

Looking Back on Damian Lillard’s career night in Rip City

Lillard Widescreen 2

Lillard’s Big Night Sitting 11 games under .500, and mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, the Portland Trail Blazers had very little to play for heading in to last night’s contest against the rival Los Angeles Lakers. However, any time Portland hosts the Lakers at the Rose Garden, no matter the situation, there’s always something to […]

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers prediction & preview

Blazers Lakers

Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers April 10 matchup against the LA Lakers. Portland took down the Lakers to start the year, but this LA team has seen a drastic change since the All-Star break. Whether Kobe Bryant is a scorer or a facilitator will play a big role in this one. Nicolas Batum, Steve Nash and Wesley Matthews are questionable, while Metta World Peace is out.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers prediction and preview

Zach Randolph

NWSB Insider previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ March 3 matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies. PDX has lost five straight, and is giving up more than 111 points per contest during that stretch. The playoffs are more than a long shot at this point, and you have to wonder how motivated this team is following a game where they turned the ball over 16 times. The key matchup will be between Zach Randolph and either LaMarcus Aldridge or JJ Hickson.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies prediction and preview

LaMarcus Aldridge Memphis Grizzlies

Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Jan. 4 matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies. Portland is coming off a disasterous performance against the Toronto Raptors, and things aren’t getting any easier with a visit to a surging Memphis team. The key matchup in this one is between LaMarcus Aldridge and Zach Randolph. Meyers Leonard is out with a sprained ankle.

Rick’s picks week 18: The weekly Portland Trail Blazers’ all-stars

LaMarcus Aldridge

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. Damian Lillard, JJ Hickson, and Eric Maynor all put on the show in Minnesota, ultimately leading to all three of them receiving a selection to this week’s picks.

Portland Trail Blazers: Trading post

J.J. Hickson, Chris Paul

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Steve Lee breaks down what Rip City might do with the NBA trade deadline right around the corner. The team ha a number of expiring contracts, including those of J.J. Hickson, Luke Babbitt, Elliot Williams and Shawne Williams, that they could look to move. Potential targets could be Chris Kaman, Emeka Okafor, Jarrett Jack and Mike Dunleavy Jr.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Hornets prediction and preview

Lillard

Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Feb. 13 matchup against the New Orleans Hornets. The key matchup in this one is going to be at the power forward position, where LaMarcus Aldridge will be playing against both Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson.

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