Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 2/27/13
There has been a lot of discussion about the Portland Trail Blazers bench or lack thereof this season. It was no secret heading into the 2012-13 campaign that this was going to be a sore spot for this Blazer team. However, as you may want to criticize the second string for lack of productivity or GM Neil Olshey for failing to assemble a collection of reserves worth their salt, realize that there are three to four young players gaining valued experience in relatively meaningful games. Meyers Leonard, Victor Claver, Will Barton, and newly acquired Eric Maynor will likely be key contributors on the 2013-14 Blazer team. The opportunity for these young players to play extended minutes in a season in which every victory over 30 wins is a bonus for the team is sure to pay dividends in the next few years to come. Victor Claver has steadily been improving throughout the course of the season. Often times called onto spot start for the battle scarred Wesley Matthews, Claver has not b...
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