NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson grades Neil Olshey’s first year as the general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers. Coming to the Blazers from the Clippers, Olshey had to deal with an organization that was in a rut and in a mess. All he did was execute two outstanding drafts while securing talent that will help push Portland into the playoffs in the near future. He missed on Roy Hibbert, helped secure JJ Hickson, retained Nicolas Batum, and secured several veterans.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down five questions Portland is facing on the young season. With 19 games in the bag—to the tune of a 8-11 record—there’s plenty for Portland to answer for. Can rookie sensation Damian Lillard keep it going? Will Nicolas Batum ever be good enough for his contract? Nicolas Batum looked ready for a breakout All-Star season. J.J. Hickson is enjoying a great season as Portland’s starting center.