Sam Amick over at SI.com previewed the Northwest Division
today, and he has the Trail Blazers bringing up the rear in the 2012-13 season.
The rebuilding has begun for the Blazers, who are now under the leadership of former Clippers general manager Neil Olshey but won't be enjoying the fast track that he orchestrated at his previous job. Olshey tried, to be sure, making a max offer to restricted free agent center Roy Hibbert, but Indiana matched. So Olshey focused on the draft, taking point guard Damian Lillard at No. 6 and center Meyers Leonard at No. 11. They both have serious potential, but will take some time to develop while playing major roles right away.
Amick also says one if Lillard is "for real" in his "burning questions."
Despite hailing from a small school in the Big Sky Conference, Lillard showed off his shooting and slashing skills throughout the draft process and moved up the boards faster than anyone. But now that he'll be looking after the likes of Aldridge and Batum, Lillard will have to show he can handle a heavy load early.
So there you go.