Portland Trail Blazers: Championship odds approaching 2014-15 NBA season

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox previews Rip City’s odds of winning the 2015 NBA championship as the 2014 training quickly approaches. At this point, LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum and crew have 40/1 odds at bringing home the Larry O’Brien Trophy. The San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers will be standing in the way, but PDX’s odds have improved from 150/1 the year before.

Which Portland Trail Blazers prospect has the highest upside entering 2014-15 NBA season?

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox looks at Rip City’s roster in an attempt to identify the player with the highest upside. Guys such as LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard are disqualified for having already “made it,” but Meyers Leonard, CJ McCollum, Thomas Robinson and Will Barton are in the running.

Power Ranking Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 roster by position

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox ranks the positions on Rip Citys roster entering the 2014-15 NBA season. Featured are: Damian Lillard, Steve Blake, Wesley Matthews, CJ McCollum, Will Barton, Allen Crabbe, Nicolas Batum, Victor Claver, Dorell Wright, LaMarcus Aldridge, Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez, Chris Kaman, Joel Freeland and Meyers Leonard.

Power ranking Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 roster

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox previews the Rip City roster entering the 2014-15 NBA season. While Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are on top, the question is: Who is No. 1 and who is No. 2? Also featured are Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews, Robin Lopez, Chris Kaman, Victor Claver, Will Barton, CJ McCollum, Steve Blake, Joel Freeland, Meyers Leonard, Thomas Robinson, Dorell Wright and Allen Crabbe.

Damian Lillard: Face of the NBA?

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox discusses the meteoric rise Damian Lillard has seen in the marketing world. The NBA star has become a hosuehold name thanks to features in commercials with Adidas, Madden 15, NBA Live 15, Foot Locker and Champ Sports. Lillard is even sharing the screen with greats such as John Wall, Karl Malone, Barry Sanders, Kevin Hart and Dave Franco.

Portland Trail Blazers X-factor in 2014-15 NBA season

CJ McCollum

NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox takes a look at Rip City’s roster entering the 2014-15 NBA season and chooses an x-factor for the upcoming campaign. While Thomas Robinson is an option, CJ McCollum earns the nod. When players such as Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge go to the bench, scoring is in trouble…That is, unless McCollum can provide the shooting he did in college.

Takeaways from Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 NBA schedule

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox takes a look at Rip City’s schedule after the NBA released the 2014-15 regular-season schedule for the entire league. Knox covers the good, the bad and the top games including the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and, of course, LeBron James’ and Kevin Love’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

How Kevin Love trade impacts Portland Trail Blazers

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox breaks down how news of a Kevin Love impacts Rip City. The trade was confirmed by Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, and it is set to feature Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first-round draft pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Projecting Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 rotation

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger looks at the roster in Rip City for the 2014-15 NBA season and projects who will be rotation players and who will not. Featured are: LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, Robin Lopez, Chris Kaman, Joel Freeland, CJ McCollum, Steve Blake, Will Barton, Thomas Robinson, Meyers Leonard, Allen Crabbe, Victor Claver and Will Barton.

How NBA free agency has impacted Portland Trail Blazers

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox breaks down how a quiet free agency for Rip City signing Chris Kaman and Steve Blake has actually benefited PDX. Featured are: LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, Isaiah Thomas, the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks.

What Chris Kaman signing means for Portland Trail Blazers

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox recaps the teams free-agent signing of Chris Kaman. The acquisition can be broken down into three themes: bench play, salary and the future. With players such as LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez potentially coming off the books, this shrews signing makes sense now and in 2015.

Vince Carter ‘open’ to signing with Portland Trail Blazers?

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox breaks down a recent report from CSNNW.com’s Chris Haynes that Vince Carter is “open” to signing in Rip City during NBA Free Agency. Carter is also on a short list of free-agent targets that Damian Lillard put together, also comprising Channing Frye, Trevor Ariza, Spencer Hawes and, of course, Mo Williams.

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