Golliver: Blazers Offense Is 'On The Rise'
Ben Golliver of SI.com
, of course) lists five NBA teams whose offenses' should be improved in 2013-14, with the Trail Blazers being one of the five
Three of Blazers GM Neil Olshey’s major summer additions — Mo Williams, Dorell Wright and lottery pick C.J. McCollum — look like natural fits in coach Terry Stotts’ three-happy, ball-movement offense, as they are all willing and capable shooters. Indeed, Portland ranked No. 4 in three-point attempts last year, a ranking that should only rise in 2013-14, as Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and the trio of new guys will all enjoy a permanent green light.
As Lillard has hinted, his individual efficiency and shooting numbers should improve thanks to a slightly lighter load than last year, and the same can be said for both Matthews and Batum, who dealt with injury issues under the strain of career-high playing time numbers in 2012-13. There are enough weapons on hand for the Blazers to climb into the league’s top-10 offenses, especially if Aldridge and Lillard continue to enjoy good health.
Golliver points out that the Trail Blazers had "a league-average offense" in 2012-13 despite dropping their final 13 games of the season, so there's potential for the offense this season to rank in the Top 10. Of course, defense is probably the more pressing issue, but there's no reason to think the additions made offseason this won't improve that end of the floor as well.