Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 4/19/12
The Future Is Bright Not everyone can be a star and the most successful sports teams know that quality depth will more often than not, result in a lengthy playoff run. With Lamarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum firmly planted in the spotlight lineup, these next five may be equally important to the future of the Portland Trail Blazers. Luke Babbitt Luke Babbitt in his second year with the Rip City crew, Babbitt has quadrupled his scoring and doubled his rebounding while at the same increasing his playing time from five minutes to just over ten. Recording five games with ten points or more, Babbitt has proven to be a solid backup for Batum at the small forward spot. Contract Outlook:  Babbitt has one year ($1.89mil) plus a team option remaining on his contract. Nolan Smith My passionate distaste for everything Duke basketball related clouds my judgement on Nolan Smith.  Feelings aside, the Blazers rookie has shown that while a starting spot may not be in his future, the role of the...
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