NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jason Hartzog offers up his predictions about the 2013-14 NBA season. ESPN recently projected Rip City to finish 10th in the Western Conference. However, following the moves to bring in Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez, CJ McCollum, Allen Crabbe and Dorell Wright, a seventh or eight seed seems more likely. Don’t forget about Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge, either. Two of those guys could be all-stars.
NWSB Editor breaks down the Portland Trail Blazers’ payroll entering the 2013-14 season. GM Neil Olshey has done an outstanding job when it comes to finding cheap, talented players. He’s also kept the future flexible, with short-term deals to players such as Thomas Robinson, Dorell Wright and Robin Lopez. Rip City currently has one of the best contracts in the NBA in Damian Lillard, but the jury is still out on what will happen with Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers official 2013-14 NBA schedule. The team will open its season against the Phoenix Suns and its home opener will be a few days later against the San Antonio Spurs. The team has won 11 straight home openers, which is the same amount of nationally televised games it will play this season. Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum will wrap up their season against Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog talks about the Blazers’ depth at forward in the coming season. After being mocked for having no depth at all, Portland went into the offseason with a bang and solidified their depth chart, making them a very potent team who could very well contend in the near future. Among the biggest additions the Blazers made were Dorell Wright and Thomas Robinson, players who will look to make an impact in PDX.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down both the good and the bad regarding the Portland Trail Blazers’ backcourt spots entering the 2013-14 NBA season. The guards have added depth in CJ McCollum and Allen Crabbe, which is a good thing. The problem is that inexperience an be a problem, and a player like Will Barton isn’t helping that category. Shooting will be improved, especially if Wesley Mattews is healthy. And with Damian Lillard scoring and making plays for Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge, things can’t be all bad.
NWSB Insider Bryant Knox predicts what the Portland Trail Blazers’ starting lineup will look like for the 2013-14 NBA season. In the backcourt, Damian Lillard has the point guard spot locked up, while Matthews will remain if the team doesn’t pick up a big acquisition at 2-guard. Nicolas Batum will start at small forward, and LaMarcus Aldridge, despite trade talks, should be in the lineup as well. Center is tough to predict, but Chris Kaman is the safe bet.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox profiles Portland Trail Blazers radio broadcaster, Brian Wheeler. Wheeler, also known as Wheels, brings the perfect combination of truth, honesty and fandom to his broadcasts. Whether it’s a huge slam, a last-second shot by Nicolas Batum or a miracle comeback by Brandon Roy, Wheels paints a picture for all listeners to see. When you listen to Wheeler, it’s a great day to be a Blazer.
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 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.
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.
Jason Hartzog grades the job that Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts did during the 2012-13 NBA season. Rip City gave Stotts his third attempt at being a head coach, and he did well considering the roster he was handed. Placing Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge was a recipe for success from the beginning, but allowing Nicolas Batum to become an integral part of the offense is what pushed him toward All-Star levels.
Jason Hartzog previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ April 17 matchup against the Golden State Warriors. Damian Lillard versus Stephen Curry is a fun match-up to watch. These two guys can fill it up on any given night. They have had some great games against each other already. LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews have all missed the past few games. Jason is hoping the all come back soon.