‘18-‘19 Power Rankings: #16 Portland Trail Blazers
The first of the 10 teams in the West that have a chance to make the playoffs, it would not surprise me if Portland finished anywhere from 3-10. If they fail to make the playoffs, I expect the Dame-CJ era to come to an end. You simply can’t compete for a title if your best 2 players are 2 “shooting” guards. You just can’t. Nurkic is a borderline elite rim protector. Aminu is a solid defender. Curry was a great addition, but he was out all last season due to injury so who knows how he’ll play this year. Lillard should have another 25+ PPG year and hopefully CJ puts up AT LEAST 21 PPG. I’m a big believer in CJ and hope he continues to do great things. Simons was a risky draft pick, considering he was drafted straight out of high school as a combo guard. Zach Collins should have a way better year, he is actually really good when played right and will be a piece Portland should want to keep around. They also added former Duke G Gary Trent Jr. in a draft night trade. They lost Pat Connaughton and Shabazz Napier, but added Nik Stauskas. Almost the same team coming back for Portland which is why I don’t think they will return to the playoffs.
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