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Carmelo Anthony's Third Act

by Colin McGowan

Jul 18, 2017 8:50 PM

The way we think now, Carmelo Anthony is a remarkable talent whose best years were squandered primarily on unremarkable teams. But turn that logic over in your head and let it settle into a fresh orientation: is beauty, rare as it is, ever really wasted? Read more »

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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2017 Summer League Notes On All 30 NBA Teams

by Keith P Smith

Jul 18, 2017 1:19 PM

Notes and observations on all 30 NBA teams from how they evaluated their offseason moves and what they saw from their Summer League prospects. Read more »

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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Blazers Could Already Be Done With Offseason

by Erik Garcia Gundersen

Jun 28, 2017 9:37 AM

Portland's two picks in the frontcourt indicate a new direction as well as a little insurance, with Ed Davis (unrestricted) and Noah Vonleh (restricted) entering contract seasons amid their well documented cap issues. Read more »

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2017 NBA Offseason Preview: Portland Trail Blazers

by Keith P Smith

Damian Lillard is a star and CJ McCollum is on his way, but the rest of the Blazers' roster is limited to high-performing role players, which makes their cap situation all the more problematic. Read more »
How The Blazers Turned Damian Lillard And CJ McCollum Into Clones Of Each Other

by Erik Garcia Gundersen

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have so many surface similarities, but it's the differences between that have served as a road map for ways each can improve. Read more »
Nurkic Fever Has Blazers More Equipped For Future

by Erik Garcia Gundersen

For the second straight postseason, the biggest difference between the Blazers and the Warriors, has been Draymond Green. The presence of Jusuf Nurkic is Portland's best bet to change that dynamic. Read more »
Tactical Quandaries: Warriors Vs. Blazers Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

Examining how the Warriors can limit the effectiveness of Damian Lillard in the pick-and-roll, while the Blazers face their own quandary in preventing Draymond Green from being a playmaker on offense. Read more »
Ten-Year Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

Beyond strictly looking at wins and losses, net rating gives a clear picture of team performance. The following infographics show the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2017 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams, Version 4.0

by Keith P Smith

With the NBA Trade Deadline behind us and rosters locked in for the most part, it is time for an updated look at what all 30 teams cap space picture looks likes for the summer of 2017. Read more »
Western Conference Buyers & Sellers At The Trade Deadline

by Keith P Smith

There are a number of teams on the fringes of the playoff picture such as the Kings, Nuggets, Blazers and Mavericks, which makes predicting their deadline goals difficult. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Nuggets Acquire Mason Plumlee From Portland For Jusuf Nurkic

by Keith P Smith

More so than most trades, this deal was about both on court impact and off the court bookkeeping, in terms of cap sheets and Luxury Tax payments. Read more »
Lillard, McCollum And Portland's Lack Of Flexibility

by Michael Pina

Lillard and McCollum are reasons 1A and 1B why the Blazers shouldn't panic, but their flaws inflame fundamental weaknesses, creating understandable long-term question marks regarding their ability to coexist. Read more »
The NBA's No-Man's Land: Portland Trail Blazers

by Brett Koremenos

The Blazers weren't some odds-defying, feel-good story come back down to earth. The ingredients for a contender are mostly there, but unfortunately a bad summer spending spree has spoiled the batch. But with some creative maneuvering going forward, there's no reason the Blazers can get back to the playoffs. Read more »
2016 Year-End NBA Team Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina

The Warriors and Cavaliers remain atop our year-end rankings but there's considerable change behind them, most notably the Raptors, Bucks and 76ers. Read more »
The Limitations Of A Double-Threat Backcourt

by Colin McGowan

Destroying the rest of the league with speed and finesse has an enduring appeal. But despite the success of the Warriors and Raptors, it remains exceedingly difficult to build a winner through the backcourt as the Blazers and Wizards are finding this season. Read more »
Numbers Game: On The Blazers' Offense, Pistons' Rebounding

by Brett Koremenos

The Pistons and Blazers were two teams expected to take a step forward this season. For Detroit, they continue to rebound better without the league's leading rebounder while the Blazers have regressed on offense. Read more »
Managing Portland's Crowded Center Rotation

by Jonny Auping

It's a testament to Lillard, McCollum and Stotts that four promising young centers are so willing to play so hard for them in whatever limited opportunities they get. But it's also worth wondering if the center by committee rotation is actually less effective than if they had a player that could settle into that role with heavy minutes. Read more »
Five Question Season Preview: Northwest Division

by Brett Koremenos

How Tom Thibodeau will use Karl-Anthony Towns on offense, finding a backcourt partner for Russell Westbrook, Evan Turner's fit with Portland, Quin Snyder's false ation offense and whether one of Denver's young guards will emerge as a foundational piece. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Portland Trail Blazers

by Colin McGowan

If Damian Lillard's off-court persona is practiced and word-perfectly inoffensive, his game is its shadowy inverse: flashy, improvisational, angry. He creates chaos then surfs along the top of it. Read more »
2016 NBA Offseason Review: Northwest Division

by Keith P Smith

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 »