Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 8/27/14
Who Will Step Up? When it comes to the Portland Trail Blazers, you know what you’re going to get out of the starting lineup. Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge will be the go-to options on offense, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum will impact the perimeter on both ends of the floor and Robin Lopez will do the dirty work so the rest of the crew doesn’t have to. The bench, on the other hand, is almost a complete mystery. At this point in the process, we have a good idea of what the rotation will look like in 2014-15, but what we don’t know is who will step up when we least expect it. Chris Kaman should prove to be reliable game in and game out as long as he’s healthy, and the same can be said about Steve Blake. The problem is that neither of those veterans will be dynamic playmakers, which is where a youngster like C.J. McCollum has a chance to make a name for himself. Entering his rookie season, C.J. McCollum drew plenty of Damian Lillard comparisons. They were both four-year pla
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