Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 1/30/13
There has been a lot of discussion amongst fans this season about the lack of depth on the Portland Trail Blazers bench. There is no denying that the Blazers are not a deep team and that they lack the needed talent to seriously contend for a championship this season. With that said, the silver lining to this problem is that young players like Will Barton are getting opportunities to play valuable minutes. By no means is Will Barton having a season like his fellow rookie teammate Damian Lillard. However, in spurts and especially of late Barton has been a solid contributor off the bench. Against the Pacers and then in the back to back games verses the Clippers, Barton averaged 17 minutes, 7 points per game, almost a block each contest, and just over 3 rebounds per game. Barton is a high energy player that seems to have a lot of upside, but needs a little polish. He has a good sense about getting to the bucket. He knows how to score and is seemingly willing to scrap for rebound...
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFL Scout: Saquon Barkley better than Ezekiel Elliott

No harm will come from MLB extending its netting

Ezekiel Elliott’s attorney speculates on NFL’s motivation for legal battle

Philip Rivers on 0-2 start: ‘There’s no worry or concern’

NFL players wrote Roger Goodell seeking support for political activism

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

On the similarities between Kyrie Irving and Kobe Bryant

Todd Frazier, Yankees embracing thumbs down symbol

Tickets for 49ers-Rams game at Levi's going for $14

Sixers still open to trading Jahlil Okafor

Aaron Rodgers has funny quote on never beating the Bengals

Raul Mondesi sentenced to prison for corruption as mayor in Dominican Republic

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors in 2018

NFL Referee Hotline: Mike McCarthy is sick of these calls

The 'Kevin Durant has mad (Twitter) handles' quiz

Baseball's most underwhelming teams of 2017

The 'Remember the tight ends' quiz

Ranking the best college football fan bases

Trail Blazers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors in 2018

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline: Mike McCarthy is sick of these calls

Baseball's most underwhelming teams of 2017

The 'Kevin Durant has mad (Twitter) handles' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker