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2016 NBA Offseason Review: Northwest Division

by Keith P Smith

Aug 29, 2016 8:37 PM

As the Wolves, Jazz and Nuggets look to end their playoff droughts with young rosters, the Blazers and Thunder focused on remaining playoff contenders amid major potential change. Read more »

Tags: Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Blazers, Jazz, Pelicans And The Merits Of Middle Class Improvement

by Colin McGowan

Jul 12, 2016 3:21 PM

There's nothing the Blazers, Jazz or Pelicans can do that would effectively counter Golden State nearly running out an All-NBA team as a starting lineup. It is heartening, though, that a handful of relatively young teams from the NBA's middle class have decided they might as well go about the business of improvement anyway. Read more »

Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, NBA

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Grading The Deal: Blazers Sign Festus Ezeli To One Of Best Bargains Of Offseason

by Christopher Reina

Jul 8, 2016 6:40 PM

Festus Ezeli is one of the best rebounders in the game and also keeps getting better as a rim protector, which was quite clearly one of Portland's biggest needs entering the offseason. Read more »

Tags: Festus Ezeli, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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Grading The Deal: Portland's $70M Gamble On Evan Turner

by Christopher Reina

The versatility that made Evan Turner look like a potential future All-Star as the second overall pick in 2010 settled nicely as a complementary piece with the Celtics. Read more »
Leroux's 2016 NBA Draft Review

by Danny Leroux

Headlined by the great drafts from the 76ers and Nuggets, we go team-by-team to breakdown how every GM did based on the opportunities available to them. Read more »
2016 Offseason Preview: Portland Trail Blazers

by Keith P Smith

Expect the Blazers to be one of the first teams out of the gate with signings. They prefer to come out and set the market vs. waiting to see how things develop. Portland needs to add another big piece or two to challenge the Warriors, Spurs and Thunder, and they have the means to do so. Read more »
Allen Crabbe's Well-Timed Emergence

by Haven Kaplan-Miner

Allen Crabbe emerged this season a highly regarded 3-and-D role player who has become a solid finisher in traffic as well as a terrific midrange shooter. Read more »
Damian Lillard Can't Beat Golden State's Defense By Himself

by Michael Pina

By creating open shots (and hopefully knocking them down by loading up with their best shooters), the Blazers at least give themselves a tiny chance to make this series mildly competitive. Read more »
How Neil Olshey Has Found And Developed The Type Of Players The Clippers Need

by Jonny Auping

The only Neil Olshey acquired players left on the Clippers are Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Meanwhile, Portland is full of the type of players the Clippers should have been targeting. Read more »
Three Question Playoff Preview: Clippers Vs. Blazers

by Brett Koremenos

On how Moe Harkless will play for the Blazers against Blake Griffin and in general, whether they will be any cross-match craziness and if the Clippers have enough three-point shooting. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2016 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams, Version 2.0

by Keith P Smith

Several teams will start the summer assured of having cap space. They'll be joined by several more as roster decisions are made leading up to the summer with more max contract slots available than ever before. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Cavs Trade For Channing Frye

by Keith P Smith

In trading for Channing Frye, the Cavs get the stretch 4 they wanted, and they also cleared away the last mostly guaranteed year of Anderson Varejao. Read more »
Western Conference: Buyers & Sellers

by Keith P Smith

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The Blazers' Unusual Rebuild

by Keith P Smith

Portland correctly read the market quicker than most and focused on what would eventually be considered good deals. Read more »
How Is Will Barton Happening?

by Michael Pina

In December, Will Barton averaged 20.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Zero starts. How did a 25-year-old blade of grass become one of the NBA's most terrifying threats off the bench? Read more »
2015 Year-End NBA Team Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina

The only considerations are talent, age, cap flexibility and future draft picks with the goal being to eventually compete for and win the NBA Finals. Read more »
The Blazers' Star Is The System

by Brett Koremenos

The Blazers' best star isn't a specific player. Instead, it may be a vision for an entire roster meshed with a system perfectly designed for today's NBA. Read more »
NBA Season Preview: Portland Trail Blazers

by Brett Koremenos

How Damian Lillard responds to his increased burden is the key story for the Blazers. If he keeps up his gunning ways, we will likely see his scoring numbers go way up while his efficiency takes a major hit. But if Lillard learns the art of controlling games without taking oodles of shots to do it, you will see an All-Star-level talent evolve into an even more complete player. Read more »
Leroux's 2015 NBA Draft Review

by Danny Leroux

Great drafts for the Nuggets, Wolves, Heat, 76ers and Raptors; good drafts for the Bulls, Magic, Pacers, Thunder, Warriors, Rockets and Celtics, along with teams having enh and bad drafts. Read more »
Strengths, Weaknesses Of All 30 NBA Teams Entering Draft, Free Agency

by Christopher Reina

These infographics show the percentile rankings for all 30 teams in the critical categories of offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency, rebound percentage, assist percentage, three-point percentage and foul rate during the 14-15 regular season. Read more »