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.

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.

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.

Rip City Recognition: 2013-14 Portland Trail Blazers awards

LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the 2013-14 NBA season by handing out awards to certain players on the Portland Trail Blazers. Featured awards are: MVP, Most Improved Player, Sixth Man, Rookie of the Year, Best Newcomer and Best Moment. Featured players are: Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Mo Williams,

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 17

Nicolas Batum didn't show up against San Antonio. (Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer/USA TODAY Sports)

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 17, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 2-1, defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz while falling to the San Antonio Spurs. With LaMarcus Aldridge out, Damian Lillard stepped up big time, and so did Thomas Robinson, Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 16

Robin Lopez

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 16, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 0-2, falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers. Both Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge had an up-and-down week, while Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin both starred as the opposition.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 15

Damian Lillard

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 15, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 2-2, taking down the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves, while falling to the Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers. As usual, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge starred, but Wesley Matthews, CJ McCollum and Robin Lopez earn recognition as well.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 11

Damian Lillard

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 11, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 2-1, taking down the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic, while falling to the Sacramento Kings. As usual, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge stood out for Portland, but Nicolas Batum, Robin Lopez and CJ McCollum had noteworthy performances.

Portland Trail Blazers’ New Year’s Resolution: Sustain success

Portland Trail Blazers vs. 76ers

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.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 10

Robin Lopez

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s featured player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 10, honors go to Robin Lopez, as we recognize his ability to impact games night in and night out. In four games, he averaged nearly 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks, and he gave Damian Lillard a chance at a game-winner with a steal against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 9

Meyers Leonard

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.

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.

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