- Jun 12, 2013
- AFL Club
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Might want to shine the Bat-signal to the vets
Re. RoLo, everybody slept on his year in Nawlins, even some stoopid then-Hornet fans. He also looked OK in Phoenix before losing his hops to injury.
Armed with this inside info I was pretty confident the Blazers would be an improved team this year. That you guys ended up knocking out Houston was sweet delicious poetic justice.
FWIW I disagree on Matthews vs Batum - still think Nic is clearly your best 1-on-1 defender, pretty sure Stotts sees it that way too. If you decided to trade him then you'd have 20 teams queuing up to take him off your hands.
Good write up. The bench is certainly a weak spot in general - Stotts seemed so reluctant to give minutes in the playoffs, whilst whoever the Spurs put on court just seemed to work for them (obviously number 1 in the league for a reason). The starting 5 looked exhausted with the amount of minutes each of them played during the season.
Would like to see more court time for Robinson and Barton. Not sold on McCollum though still early days. Definite need for defensive improvement across the board.
Hit the nail on the head really.
Bench, big man support, defence are the keys.
Solid effort (y)
Blazers have a little more wiggle than i first thought.
About 4 mill under the cap give or take, they may even have the MLE. They signed Mo with it, at least partially, its hard to find a lot of detail on the exceptions tho, possibly even the BAE.
Cole Adrich, not a fan really.
At C there's not a bunch of options, maybe Okafor? Big Baby's out there but doesnt really fit this squad. Ryan Kelly's a ufa, Jerebko, Udoh
Scraping the bottom of the barrel tbh
Apple iCup nice write up! As I said after the exit to the Spurs the hard part you've accomplished. That is you've got your starters sorted. Having said that you have to pick up a couple of pieces to build depth on your bench and rely upon improvement to get to that next level. Having said all this with the unrestricted free agents of 2015 and the pay demands could you see them making a significant trade this off season?
But going by season averages proves nothing really. There are a lot of elements (which is one reason why I posted this). Batum could go 17/15/8 then disappear for a fortnight with 5/2/3. Where it feels as though Matthews (remembers I try to avoid box scores as often as possible) will go 10/7/5 on a consistent basis, then have a break out game once a fortnight where he goes 23 points.
I know the money way paid to secure Nic and it's not like Kobe's two-year deal where he isn't even touching the hardwood. I just get frustrated. There are the games where you want to spit on his performance, then there are they games you want to make a Batum shrine and worship him with your pants around your ankles.
I think Stuckey could be a great fit and provide some scoring off the bench for you guys and could be had on a short term MLE similar to what you guys did with Mo Williams, he was actually really good for us off the bench last year. The problem would be that he would hinder CJ's development.
Otherwise for a cheap big man maybe Jordan Hill? The corpse of Chris Kaman?
Personally I wouldn't touch Kaman or Brooks if I were Portland... high usage ball stoppers who are deplorable defenders.
Jordan Hill is a nice option, but he'd cost you your MLE and for now Thomas Robinson plays a similar role, if more inconsistent and unpolished.
Some players I'd look at were I Neil Olshey - Patrick Patterson, Alan Anderson, Lavoy Allen, Spencer Hawes, Ramon Sessions, Zaza Pachulia (expensive, and you'd have to trade), Drew Gooden (would be cheap), Chris Douglas-Roberts, Gustavo Ayon, Marvin Williams, Andris Biedrins, Channing Frye (if he opts out), Jodie Meeks, Devin Harris & Anthony Morrow.