Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/20/13
Who’s it gonna be? The Portland Trail Blazers have looked fantastic to start the 2013-14 NBA season. Through 11 games, the team from the Pacific Northwest has the third-best record in the entire Association. It is 9-2 to start the year, and it is showing that it has more talent across the board than it did just a season ago. But while it’s obvious who the stars are (LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard take that category), the question has become, who is the team’s X-factor both now and late into the year? Let’s start with a different question: What make’s an X-Factor? For starters, you have to compare the quality of his performances to the quality of the team. An X-factor by definition will make his team better, and quite frankly, if he performs inadequately, his squad’s shot of winning will drop substantially. Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are the stars of Rip City — not the X-factors. Another characteristic worth considering is what we expect out of each player. LaMarcus A...
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