Found September 12, 2013 on Cascadia Sports:
Trailblazers (@pdxtrailblazers) It was obvious that the Portland Trailblazers were weak in several areas during the 2012-2013 season.  The Blazers gave up more points than they scored, lacked bench contributors, and struggled in the paint.  Many factors kept the red and black below .500.  During the off-season, the Blazers plugged enough of the holes to make a solid run at the playoffs in 2014. Last season, the Blazers’ starters averaged a respectable 81.9 points per game.  The total points per game for the team was 97.2.  This means that only 15.3 points per game were coming from the entire bench.  That’s an average of 2.19 points per bench player.  Sometimes, stats are misleading, but never when they are that bad.  Luckily, we have added bench scoring in rookie C.J. McCollum, Mo Williams, and Dorrell Wright.  If he’s not the next rookie of the year, McCollum will certainly be a solid bench scorer, as will Wright, and Williams Defensively, the Blazers struggled last season.  They were lacking in steals and blocks.  Whether or not the Blazers have added steals on defense remains a mystery, but the Blazers have added a shot blocker in Robin Lopez.  Our new center, twin brother of Brooklyn Net Brook Lopez, has cool hair and beneath-the-basket defense, high free-throw and field-goal percentages, with a large 7-foot frame.  Other than Oden, Aldridge has never played alongside a talented big man during his tenure with the Blazers.  With Lopez playing the Robin to Aldridge’s Batman, Portland should be tough in the paint. Portland lacked quickness, and post defense last season, and they acquired both.  Damian Lillard  won the Rookie of the Year and he’s only improving.  With Aldridge, Batum, and a solid supporting cast, there is a good chance that the Trailblazers will be in the postseason next April.   Basketball stats source: www.basketball-reference.com  
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Crazy or confident? Damian Lillard predicts 46 wins for PDX in 2013-14

46 wins? Damian Lillard recently sat down with Henry Abbot of ESPN’s TrueHoop TV and predicted that the Portland Trail Blazers would win 46 games during the 2013-14 NBA season. There are two big questions that come to mind with this prediction: Can the Blazers reach this lofty goal, and where would 46 wins put Rip City in the race for the playoffs? If you’re Damian Lillard, you...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.