Terry Stotts was a curious pick as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers a year ago and there are many people who are surprised he hasn’t been fired after a disastrous 13-game losing streak to end the regular season.
When the Blazers hired Stotts, he had an NBA coaching record of 115-168. His debut season with the Trail Blazers was 33-49.
While Stotts probably doesn’t deserve the blame for the Blazers’ disappointing season, there can be a lot of justified criticism fired his way. He gets credit for effectively using Damian Lillard, who no one would have thought would be the Rookie of the Year coming into the season. But there’s a lot of talent, besides Lillard, on this team, starting with LaMarcus Aldridge.
Stotts failed at not being able to utilize his other players effectively with the superstars he had on this team. He did have a mish-mash of talent to work with, but in the last few weeks of the regular season, he wasn’t able to light a fire underneath his players when he had to. He also played a lot of young talent late in the season.
There’s something about Stotts that the Portland brass likes, but it’s not his past successes. He’s only taken one of his teams to the playoffs.
If Stotts returns for another season, the Trail Blazers should get ready to pull the plug if they get of to a slow start next season. The Blazers have enough talent to at least be a .500 team and maybe even make the playoffs.