NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the Portland Trail Blazers’ uneventful 2014 NBA trade deadline. The team could have used an upgrade when it comes to backup bigs, as Meyers Leonard and Thomas Robinson haven’t gotten the job done — not to mention Joel Freeland and LaMarcus Aldridge are hurt — but Neil Olshey didn’t make any moves, just as Terry Stotts expected.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s featured player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 12, honors go to LaMarcus Aldridge, as we recognize his performances against the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks. In three games, he averaged 29.3 points and 14.3 rebounds. The question is whether he can keep it up alongside Damian Lillard, Meyers Leonard and Thomas Robinson.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s featured player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 11, honors go to CJ McCollum, as we recognize his NBA debut after breaking his foot in training camp. In two games, he averaged seven points, and he showed a glimpse of what he can do alongside Mo Williams playing behind Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down how the Portland Trail Blazers can achieve their New Year’s Resolution: sustaining the success they’ve found during the 2013-14 NBA season. Players such as Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge have been hot, but keeping guys like Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum hot from three is important. The team must also force more turnovers, get more production off the bench and win winnable games.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s star player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 9, honors go to Meyers Leonard, as we consider his return to the court over his per-game statistics. In contests against the Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat, the center averaged four points and six rebounds, but his biggest achievement was taking minutes away from Thomas Robinson as the backup to LaMarcus Aldridge.
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 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 Bryant Knox recaps the Portland Trail Blazers Las Vegas Summer League and gives us his takeaways from the team’s showing. Meyers Leonard tried to show he can shoot the three-pointer; relatively unsuccessfully. Thomas Robinson is an energy guy who can rebound. CJ McCollum can score; however, he needs to facilitate more. It’s also fair to wonder if Allen Crabbe was actually a steal in the draft or not.
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.
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.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger breaks down whether or not PDX should have mutual interest in signing Jermaine O’Neal during the 2013 NBA offseason. According to reports, O’Neal is interested in returning to the city where he began his career. Portland traded O’Neal just four years into a career for Dale Davis, who was supposed to help stop Shaquille O’Neal out West. Now the Blazers need a mentor to Meyers Leonard.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog details how Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are the building blocks of Portland’s future. Portland needs to give Lillard and Aldridge players who will compliment their styles. Should they choose to do so, they will see success in the near future. One thing Jason liked, was the move to try and get Roy Hibbert last off-season. That could have pushed them to the playoffs this season.