Found April 23, 2013 on Oregon Sports News:
Despite an end to the season that saw the Portland Trail Blazers seemingly lose the will to go on, the season was not a loss.  The team performed above expectations for most of the year, and Damian Lillard showed an ability to dominate on offense in just his first year in the league.  Between Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nic Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge, the team has a strong core to build around. Building a bench is the number one priority.  It is also priority two, three and four.  According to HoopsStats, the Blazers had the worst bench this season, with a negative 17.9 points efficiency, twice as bad as the closest team.  The bench averaged only 18.5 points per game, also worst in the league. The return of Elliot Williams from a torn Achilles will help boost the bench, and some improvement from 2012 second-round pick Meyers Leonard is to be expected. But another large forward and a guard capable of scoring when needed will be the key.  Eric Maynor was supposed to be that g...
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