Yeah, my bad. I'm new to this part of BigFooty, stumbled across it by accident honestly.
I try to avoid box scores when watching games and even season averages through a season, so please don't take everything I say as gospel. The write-up was mostly from what I witnessed via League Pass. Though I did look at both Matthews and Batum's today, as blazers.com mocked up these wallpaper/graphics that showed each players numbers. Matthews and Batum were close to on par.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.
I don't know if sold is the word, but I was rather comfortable with McCollum's first 3 games. Showed a little more consistency from deep that I anticipated. I do believe he can slash and pull-up mid-range. I was really pushing for Portland to start him when he got healthy. It was just after Portland hit it's peak with 3pt % and was starting to slip.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.
Big man support is something I hope Oshley and Stotts look at this offseason. Someone who wont disturb chemistry (like Bynum with Hibbert), but does push Lopez and Lopez him. Much like I was excited with Matthews and Roy pre-amnesty clause. The 2011 off-season was an emotional rollercoaster (and the lockout made it worse).Hit the nail on the head really.
Bench, big man support, defence are the keys.
Solid effort (y)
Okafor, I would love to have him! However, I think he will be at Phoenix again come October 31st. I mean anything is possible, as the Suns either want to build or freefall after this past season. But I don't see them wanting to sacrifice 2014-15, they had so much promise without any 'stars', so I doubt they'd want to roll over an die for the next draft. Then there is the whole fact of being a middle order team kind of sucks, especially if you're fishing to the draft to dig you out.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
I think everyone is in love with the starting 5. I do think Portland could get decent 2 Forward/Guards with letting go of Batum, maybe even a draft pick. The problem you have there is the feel good locker room of 2013-14 can potentially be tarnished because of tampering.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?
The thing with Batum is that his versatility is invaluable. He's not just a small forward, he's your second playmaker on offense, and can guard three, even four positions at the other end.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 wouldn't really like to go for another undersized center, like J.J Hickson. Though he is promising for any team that does have him, but if I was a GM of any organisation, I would never start him at the 5. I would like someone who can step up into the starting rotation if Lopez was to get an injury. As defense is something that lacks in Portland, I would not care if the back-up center was to only average 2.5ppg. Cleaning up offensive glass would be nice, but securing defensive rebounds and kind of abandoning the offensive glass to get down the other end.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?
I left Hawes out cause I thought he would be out of our price range. But if you can promise a deep playoff run, shaving some cash might be appealing. Same with Pachulia and Gooden. Three I would like to have for a bag of peanuts I would.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.