Which is your favorite?
The Portland Trail Blazers have the potential to be one of the most exciting, young basketball teams in the entire NBA. Their roster is full of energetic players, and the athleticism displayed on the floor is the reason they have highlights almost every night whether they win or lose.
The Blazers have made plays all year long, but here is a look at the top 5 from the first 23 games of the 2012-13 NBA season.
5) Luke Babbitt Jams on the Ed Davis
Sometime a highlight is mention-worthy simply because of the unexpected nature of the play. It’s safe to say that any time Luke Babbitt puts someone on a poster, it’s fairly unexpected.
4) Nicolas Batum Does His Best Clyde “The Glyde” Impression
Nicolas Batum has some of the sneakiest athleticism in the NBA. You know it’s there, and you know it can be unleashed at any moment—you just don’t know when that moment’s going to take place.
3) Nicolas Batum in the Clucth
Coming into the season, one of the biggest questions surrounding this team was whether or not Batum would earn the giant contract that he signed over the summer. We may be just 23 games into the year, but the fifth-year forward is beginning to show that he can do it on offense, defense and late in the game when the team needs him most.
2) Meyers Leonard goes Blake Griffin on the L.A. Clippers
When you watch a Los Angeles Clippers game, you expect to see high-flying jams all over the court. But do you expect to see them from Meyers Leonard?
The Blazers’ rookie big man showed that he, too, can have an impact above the rim, and that Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan aren’t the only ones who deserve the spotlight night in and night out.
1) Damian Lillard Shows His Clutch Gene
Freshest in our memories, there’s no denying that Damian Lillard‘s late-game heroics against the New Orleans Hornets deserves serious recognition at this point in the season.
If Lillard’s clutch shot gets surpassed as the No. 1 play by the end of the season, so be it—that’s a good thing. That means there were more memorable plays en route to an exciting, successful year.
But as for now, no one play can compete with a shot that proved the Blazers have a young superstar on their roster who can take over from start to finish.