Portland Trail Blazers – Preview 2021
Portland Trail Blazers Review 2020
It was another disappointing year for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2020. Although they finished 42-30 and advanced to the playoffs, the Blazers had another first round outing in the hands of reigning MVP Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets. Even with the Blazers acquiring Norman Powell last season in a trade with the Toronto Raptors, that wasn’t quite enough. This preview of Portland Trail Blazers is going to have some interesting staff changes and player moves.
At the end of the Blazers’ season, we all knew there would be some big changes coming to Porltand. There were rumors that Blazers superstar Damian Lillard was frustrated with the front office. However, Lillard quickly put a stop to these rumors and said he was committed to the Blazers… for now. Let’s get into the Portland Trail Blazers preview!
What’s new for 21/22
At the end of the 2020-2021 season for the Blazers, the organization and former head coach Terry Stotts mutually agreed to go their separate ways, opening up a vacant head coach position. There were mainly two names related to the vacancy: Jason Kidd and Chauncey Billups. Eventually, the Blazers decided to hire Chauncey Billups after Jason Kidd “removed” his name from research and finally accepted the position of head coach of the Dallas Mavericks.
The Blazers made a lot of moves during the offseason, from a player staff perspective. First, the Blazers re-signed Norman Powell to a five-year long-term contract. The Blazers also added Cody Zeller, Ben McLemore, Patrick Patterson and Tony Snell. Additionally, the Blazers traded for former Cavs forward Larry Nance Jr. to strengthen the frontcourt. It’s going to be a big year for the Blazers – will Lillard decide to stay in Portland or pursue his career elsewhere. Time will tell and time is running out for the Blazers.
NBA Title +8000
Western Conference: +3500
North-West Division: +750
To make the playoffs: -250
WHERE : 44.5
Best bet: Over 44.5 regular season wins
Despite all the early outings in the playoffs. The Blazers are a great team in the regular season. Last season, the Blazers finished with 42 wins in 72 games. In fact, over the past eight seasons, the Blazers have a regular season winning percentage of at least 58%. It’s a big year for the Blazers because of Damian Lillard’s frustration. This team has an excellent roster with excellent guard play, scoring potential and extra length in the frontcourt. The biggest improvement we need to see from the Blazers will be on the defensive end. Last year, the Blazers were fourth in offensive efficiency and 29th in defensive efficiency. It’s no rocket science – the Blazers need to improve considerably defensively. I believe the Blazers will improve under a new coaching regime and continue their success in the regular season.
Bets on Portland Trail Blazers players’ accessories
CJ McCollum Under 23.5 points per game
CJ McCollum was excellent in scoring the ball for the Blazers. However, someone will lose their share of the ball with the re-signing of Norman Powell, who is another player who can score at will. Last season McCollum averaged a career-high 23.1 points per game, but I think it will be tough for him to repeat this season with the extra shooting and increased frontline depth of this team. Moreover, Nurkic will start the season healthy, where last season he missed time due to various injuries.
Fantastic overview of the Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers stop and depart with Damian Lillard. But I’m proud to have Norman Powell as a third scoring option, maybe even a second option, on this team. We’ve seen over the years that McCollum and Lillard have wasted time due to lingering injuries. Powell possesses the ability to score the ball, knock down three-pointers, rebound and get steals. Now I’m trying to find players who are good depth options outside of the obvious Lillard and McCollum.
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