NBA Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers: 5 Players Who Can Transform This Team

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If These 5 Players Step Up The Blazers Will Be A Better Team

If These 5 Players Step Up The Blazers Will Be A Better Team
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33-49 isn’t exactly the record you would expect a team like the Portland Trail Blazers to put up, but that’s exactly the record they finished with last year. The best part about last year for Portland was the amazing season their rookie Damian Lillard put up. He played all 82 games and managed 19 points per game and dropped 6.5 dimes per game. The future is very bright for the young point guard, but he’s not the only young player on the team worth talking about.

Nicolas Batum continued his growth and improvement by scoring 14.3 points per game and grabbing about five boards while handing out roughly five assists per game too. When Wesley Matthews was on the court, he was very good for this team too. He managed just less than 15 points per game for the Blazers. With all this said, we forgot to mention the team’s best player. LaMarcus Aldridge had another very good season by putting up 21 points and nine rebounds per game.

These four players are a very nice core to build around, and this offseason the Blazers managed to bring in quite a few players who can help make them a better team than last year. The Blazers were able to acquire the 22 year old forward, Thomas Robinson, who thus far in his career could very well be labeled a bust. He’ll get a chance to reignite his career, or quite frankly finally get his career started in Portland this season. Robin Lopez, Mo Williams and the rookie guard C.J. McCollum could all come in and help this team immediately. However, if these five players can step up this season, the Blazers will improve their record from last year.

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5. Mo Williams

Mo Williams
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Mo Williams comes to Portland from Utah and will be one of the first players off the bench for the Blazers. He continues to average double digits in scoring regardless of how old he is. Even though Portland drafted C.J. McCollum, the veteran Williams needs to perform when given the opportunity.

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4. LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge
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LaMarcus Aldridge has been a rock for Portland ever since he put on their uniform. There's two things he has to do to help Portland be better this year. 1. Stay healthy. 2. Be a dominant 1-2 punch with Damian Lillard. If those two things happen, Portland will be in contention until the very end.

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3. Nicholas Batum

Nicholas Batum
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Batum has been solidly improving year in and year out for the Blazers. That needs to continue to be the case this season. If Batum can up his scoring and step up in big moments, he will help the Blazers immensely this season.

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2. Thomas Robinson

Thomas Robinson
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Honestly, you shouldn't be surprised to see Thomas Robinson so high on this list. He's bounced around from Sacramento to Houston and finally here in Portland, but he's still only 22 years old. Although he's been considered a bust thus far, if he can turn it around for Portland and become a solid option off the bench, he'll easily help Portland in his first season with them.

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1. Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard
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Damian Lillard had a phenomenal rookie season last year for the Blazers. He managed to stay healthy the whole season and was second on the team in scoring. If he can maintain his scoring average or even up it just a bit to over 20 points per game while dishing out assists and making everyone around him better, by the end of this season, Portland can finish with a better record than last year and Lillard can make claim to being the man in Portland.