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Sep 26

Golliver: Blazers Offense Is 'On The Rise'

By caseyholdahl

Ben Golliver of SI.com (and Blazersedge.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.

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this Casey. I couldn't agree more. It is amazing how much difference it makes on defense when a larger percentage of the time the opposing team has to take it out instead making an outlet pass for fast break or secondary break. Additionally, some of those new offensive threats are pretty solid on the D.

    by Tim Walter on 9/27/2013 4:25 PM
  2. For sure any improvement on the team, whether it be offense or defense will make us better and stronger. If our offense is clicking we can make them play to us instead of us playing to them. We have some good D players, and that will make our team D better

    by Hg on 9/28/2013 10:25 PM
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