When you look up and down the Portland Trail Blazers roster it’s hard to believe that this team is four games under five hundred with a 26-30 record. You can make the argument that the Trail Blazers are the most exciting team in the NBA, but something has to give if they hope to get out of the Western Conference’s 10th seed.
Sunday Night versus the Boston Celtics the Trail Blazers had all five starters go for double-digits in points as they snapped a seven game losing streak. This shows just how versatile the Blazers are as they can beat teams with guard play and frontcourt play when they’re on, but as of late the Blazers have been ice cold.
Damian Lilliard will likely haul in the 2013 Rookie of the Year trophy as he is averaging 18.3 points this season with 6.5 assists a night while shooting over 41%. Now, the team has their point guard of the future and they have to be excited for what the coming seasons will look like with Lillard patrolling the floor.
Of the teams five starters only one is a free agent this summer, as they have done a wonderful job signing and extending their key players. The contracts could either be a blessing our a curse as they can’t afford to be shelling upwards of $70M each season if they are placing in the bottom third of the western conference year after year.
While 2013 may be a lost season the Trail Blazers have some of the best talent in the league and must capitalize on it before it’s too late.