Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/6/12
For the sake of the bench J.J. Hickson has been outstanding as the starting center for the Portland Trail Blazers this season. He is averaging 10.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and has exceeded the expectations of those who thought his 6’9” frame would be a hindrance when it came to his success on the low block. So why exactly would the team move him aside for rookie center Meyers Leonard? Because the bench needs a serious makeover. The Trail Blazers bench is averaging just 12.8 points per game this season, which is hands-down the worst in the entire NBA. It’s gotten to the point where fans are beginning to cringe when there are more bench players than starters on the floor. The reserves have no energy, they don’t rebound and they’re lacking any sort of go-to option on the offensive side of the floor. J.J. Hickson may be happy as a starter, but he could boost every one of those lacking areas immediately—not somewhere down the road. A Tale of Two Units Hickson would give the Blazers bench e...
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