Portland Trail Blazers Analysis

Scoot Henderson's Receding Shoreline Of Possibilities

by Jack Tien-Dana

Jan 25, 2024 5:44 PM

In order to thrive as a short king, you must be remarkable in ways that no taller players can approximate. So far, Scoot Henderson hasn't inspired much belief that this specialness is within his grasp. Read more »

Tags: Scoot Henderson, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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The Only Way NBA's Small Market Teams Succeed Is To Never Fail

by Jack Tien-Dana

Sep 28, 2023 3:36 PM

The Heat felt like they deserved Damian Lillard; the Bucks acted like they needed him. Is there really any harm in borrowing against your future when the alternative is having no future? Read more »

Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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The Dual Vortex Dynamic Of Dame And Giannis

by John Wilmes

Sep 28, 2023 11:35 AM

In terms of raw court dynamics, we haven't seen such a complementary rim-plus-arc pairing such as Dame and Giannis since the days of Shaq and Kobe, of T-Mac and Yao. Read more »

Tags: Damian Lillard, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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NBA's Top Wing Trios Ranked

by Wes Goldberg

We've ranked every team's wing corps from 1 to 30 based on the top three wings' production, upside and versatility. Read more »
Damian Lillard's Expiring Mythology

by John Wilmes

Damian Lillard positioned himself for years as a small-market loyalty warrior; the last true gun-slinging, ruggedly individualistic cowboy in a bloodless modern world of globalist business mergers otherwise known as "superteams." Read more »
Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by RealGM Staff Report

The Celtics finished first in Net Rating ahead of the Cavaliers, who jumped up from 13th last season and 28th as recently as 2021. Read more »
Where Do Dame And The Blazers Go From Here?

by Wes Goldberg

Damian Lillard has been the rare superstar in today's era that stays. The question is whether continuing the partnership serves either's own interest. Read more »
Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by RealGM Staff Report

The Suns jumped from 30th in the NBA in Net Rating in 17-18 to 29th to 18th in 19-20 to third last season and first in 21-22. Read more »
Dame Lillard And The Blazers Have No Idea What They Want To Be

by Colin McGowan

Damian Lillard is an irritatingly tentative star at the center of an irritatingly tentative organization. Read more »
Concern Strolling: Celtics, Blazers In Rough Transitions

by John Wilmes

The Blazers and Celtics brought in new coaches to address questions that we may see to be more existential and personnel-based than strategic or cultural. Sometimes you're just putting a new face on the same disappointment, and sometimes that disappointment ossifies, and then morphs into something worse. Read more »
Twelve Characters: CJ McCollum

by Colin McGowan

C.J. McCollum doesn't get to do whatever he wants; he posts his 20-whatever in the negative space Dame Lillard leaves in his wake. It's a peculiar rhythm you have to strike, not being The Guy but playing as if you were, however intermittently. Read more »
Damian Lillard, Ballad Man At A Crossroads

by John Wilmes

The repetitive nature of the Blazers' failures seems to be grating on Damian Lillard. Will he remain content to pour all his power into a cyclical ballad about how the little guys can never be amazing enough to overcome the big boy advantages elsewhere? Read more »
Damian Lillard Is Inventing Reasons To Leave Portland Instead Of Sticking With The Obvious One

by Colin McGowan

Damian Lillard is trapped by his own myth- the loyal one, the fierce underdog- and attempting to square his actual desires with what he thinks he should be, for other people. Read more »
Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by RealGM Staff Report

The Jazz jumped from ninth in Net Rating last season to first in 20-21. Read more »
The Special Resonance Of Damian Lillard's Discipline

by Colin McGowan

Some extra appreciation is due for the guy who remains engaged as ever. It's been a year of death and debt and lost wages and fissuring sanity. Read more »
20-21 NBA Season Preview: Northwest Division

by Keith P Smith

The Nuggets and Jazz will largely look the same, while the Blazers addressed their depth issues, Minnesota looks for a third star, and the Thunder begin their aggressive rebuild. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Portland Trail Blazers

by Colin McGowan

Any basketball league that doesn't have room for Jusuf Nurkic is headed in the wrong direction. He's built his career on massiveness but also a mind as agile as any guard in the league. Read more »
Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

We look at the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Damon Stoudamire Submits His Sample

by Colin McGowan

Damon Stoudamire was successfully scolded into becoming what other people wanted him to be. Hopefully, though few in the media thought to ask, this is what he wanted for himself too. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Jermaine O'Neal Spins Baseline, Into The Abyss

by Colin McGowan

Jermaine O'Neal's career, viewed in hindsight, takes on the shape of a slasher film. He got the rawest cosmic deal of his generation. He sat in Portland, flourished in Indiana, and suffered through an aborted phantom season that could have seen him realize new heights. Then he started to get hurt all the time. Read more »