Biggest Blazer Needs this Off-Season
You are not authorized to post a reply.
  1. cmeese47
    cmeese47
    Posts: 2735

    Posted 04/10/2012 3:50 PM

    Everyone likes to talk about team needs this off-season, citing that Portland needs to address the PG and Center positions and while that may be correct, our needs go well beyond that. Portland for all its individual talent plays lousy team defense. In addition to that, the team lacks someone who will consistently put pressure on the other team by getting to the free throw line. Lastly, Portland lacks a true post presence, which is evident by their terrible 38.7 points in the paint average per game (22nd in the league), and their 24th out of 30-team ranking in total rebounds per game.

    Addressing team defense:
    Portland needs to do a better job on their perimeter defense, currently only Wesley Matthews routinely fights through picks rather than going under them. This approach allows the opposing teams guards to attack the basket or launch uncontested 18-foot jumpers.  To combat this, Portland needs a quality shot blocker to discourage people from coming into the paint. A great shot blocker will allow the Blazers’ perimeter defenders to play tighter on their man, allowing them to contest more jump shots. Tighter individual defense will likely leads to more penetration to counter this Portland’s defensive rotations need to force the ball back to the perimeter without allowing for an open three point shot.

    One of Portland’s biggest struggles this year on defense has been against teams that spread them out and have quality shooters. Poor perimeter defense comes from players sagging of their man to prevent penetration. Unfortunately, to counter act this teams run more pick and roll, resulting in the Blazer defenders either switching or going under picks. By going under the pick, you can cheat and take away some penetration but you leave the ball handler an open jumper. Switching on defense results in numerous miss matches for the Blazers, point guards are stuck guarding power forwards in the post while the forwards guard much quicker guards on the perimeter, this forces other players to help off their man often resulting in easy layups, dunks or open three point attempts. A great shot blocker would help eliminate many of these difficulties, as would acquiring better perimeter defenders.

    Key Off-Season targets:
    -Roy Hibbert averages 1.98 blocks per game; he is 9th in blocks per 48 minutes and 21st in rebounds per 48 minutes. He also averages 12.9 points per game, while shooting 50% from the field and attempting 3.6 free throws per game all while posting a PER of 19.00.
    -JaVale McGee averages 2.37 blocks per game; he is 3rd in blocks per 48 minutes and tied for 11th in rebounds per 48 minutes. He also averages 11.3 points per game, while shooting 53.6% from the field, but he struggles from the free throw line making just 47.3% of his 2.8 attempts per game all while posting a PER of 19.4

    Both of these players are restricted free agents but Denver has bigger cap issues than Indiana does making McGee the more likely to be acquirable.

    Attacking the basket:
    Lamarcus Aldridge ranks 29th in the NBA in free throws attempted per game. The next player on the list Jamal Crawford is ranked 79th. Portland has no real low post scoring option; therefore, the team has to rely on hitting jump shots to win games. The best thing a team can do when it struggles to hit jumpers is to get to the free throw line. Portland needs to sign a player this off-season that can put extra pressure on opposing defenses and allow the Blazers to remain in games even when their shots are not falling. There is only one player in this year’s free agent class who ranks in the top 20 for free attempts per game and that player is Deron Williams. Hopefully, Elliot Williams can develop into that type of player next season for us because our prospects of improving this number are not great.

    Key Off-Season targets:
    -Deron Williams averages 21.5 points per game, 8.7 assists per game and is tied for 16th in the NBA averaging 5.6 free throw attempts per game all with a PER of 20.96.
    -Lou Williams averages 15.1 points per game, 3.5 assists per game and is tied for 35th in free throw attempts per game at 4.6 all with a PER of 20.30.

    Deron would be a great signing but we face significant competition from Dallas and New Jersey. Lou Williams does not seem like a good fit for this offense, as he is more of a hybrid guard despite being only 6’1”.

    Improving rebounding:
    Portland was a much better rebounding team with Marcus Camby on the court but age and injuries limited his minutes and Portland struggled to get much offensive contribution from him. Portland did a nice job of signing JJ Hickson, whose blue-collar style has helped keep Portland competitive after losing Wallace and Camby via trade. Portland does not get enough easy baskets so they need to out rebound their opponents to make sure they have more scoring opportunities. This team cannot thrive with Aldridge and his 8.1 rebounds per game leading the way.

    Key Off-Season targets:
    -Javale McGee  see above
    -Roy Hibbert see above
    -Kris Humphries, the ex Kardashian’s game has continued to improve and he should earn a nice check this summer because of it. He is averaging 13.6 points per game on 48 shooting will attempting a nice 4.4 free throws per game, but his biggest impact comes from his 11th ranked rebounds per 48 minutes. He also possesses an above average 17.84 PER.
    -Ersan Ilyasova has great shooting range and continues to be undervalued he will like sign for around 7 million a season and offer some team a great bargain. He is averaging 13 points per game on 49.4% shooting including 45% from three-point range. He is tied with McGee and Humphries for 11th in rebounds per 48 minutes, while posting an impressive PER of 20.61.
    -Omer Asik is probably not going to be a starter in the NBA but he is averaging 5.3 rebounds per game in only 15 minutes. Those numbers translate to 17 rebounds per 48 minutes, which is good enough to rank 4th in the NBA. If Portland could find a good starter, he would be a great pick up as a back up.

    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
    Posts: 1669

    Posted 04/11/2012 7:10 AM

    It might take an extra season to put everything together. We want quality over quantity.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. cmeese47
    cmeese47
    Posts: 2735

    Posted 04/11/2012 1:54 PM

    That does not say you like though
    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. jamsmashers
    jamsmashers
    Posts: 297

    Posted 04/11/2012 9:42 PM

    you do not get it do u, LA is not going anywhere, he is staying a blazers, LA is a pf and 8 rb per game is great for a pf if he has a center by his side, we need a center yes, but we are not trading LA, you list these pf's like LA is going somewhere, he isnt, get over it, this is LA's team now wither you like it or not

    other ideas not bad- hibbert is a free agent but is restricted so just dont overpay
    like lou williams, but kicks mathews to sf? looks ugly mathews no good off bench but i like the idea
    mcgee is a little bit of an idiot but like his play if he gets his head screwed on right
    not sold on illyasova at all
    daron is the key to how everything else falls in place
    I am a fan of
  1. cmeese47
    cmeese47
    Posts: 2735

    Posted 04/12/2012 1:11 PM

    @jamsmashers you can add another PF and still keep LA he just needs to put the team first. Just look at Kevin Garnett he willingly played Center to make room for Brandon Bass. Mostly the guys are on the list because they represent the best options available to fill that need regardless of position.
    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. jamsmashers
    jamsmashers
    Posts: 297

    Posted 04/12/2012 2:15 PM

    illiasova nd humphries are both starters and will want 6-8 million each, which is way too much for a bench for LA, i hope jj hickson will resign for 5 or 6 and that problem is solved, d will is the key to our offseason and i really hope to snatch him, thatll help our offensive needs, lets say this is the senario- sign dwill we happen to get drummon, and lets say perry jones

    d will/ flynn/ smith
    mathews/williams
    batum/babbit
    LA/perry jones/rhino
    drumond/hickson/priz

    we then have rebounders, drivers, depth, defense (d will mathews batum and drummond will play solid D) getting hibbert or mcgee would be good, if we can afford, not sure we can unless we give up too much  to open cap space
    I am a fan of
  1. cmeese47
    cmeese47
    Posts: 2735

    Posted 04/12/2012 3:49 PM

    With LA going out and JJ continuing to post double double we will only get more expensive.
    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. cmeese47
    cmeese47
    Posts: 2735

    Posted 05/02/2012 11:17 AM

    Who can fill those needs or do we have different needs that I forgot
    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. Ricky
    Ricky
    Posts: 541

    Posted 05/02/2012 1:25 PM

    keep LA, sign JJ, trade Batum for Rondo, draft the best center available with the seventh pick if Drummond or sullinger or the 11th pick if not Drummond or sullinger, Draft the best player available with the other pick if not a center.  This means we would probably be drafting a sg or sf with the other pick.  I would guess we would get Sullinger with the seventh pick and Austin Rivers with the 11th pick.  Our starting lineup would be:

    LA at Pf

    jj at sf

    Sullinger at center

    williams at sg

    Rondo at pg





    I am a fan of
  1. Ricky
    Ricky
    Posts: 541

    Posted 05/02/2012 1:38 PM

    I forgot to say we would need to go after Hibbert, or Cousins in the free agency.  If successful then the starting lineup would be slightly different.  Sullinger could backup both pf and center.
    I am a fan of
  1. commontongue
    commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 05/02/2012 3:41 PM

    Draft Andre Drummond,and go after JaVale McGee in free agency. If D. Will seems to farfetched,lets go after George Hill and the best pg available in the draft. http://youtu.be/DYlnK-kQuHA
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. mdmgrand
    mdmgrand
    Posts: 18

    Posted 05/02/2012 4:40 PM

    I just don't want question marks at the Center and the Point Guard spots...

    I wish the Lottery was complete and we know exactly where the Blazers are picking, because I have a sneaking suspicion that the NBA will do everything in it's power to give Brooklyn their Top 3 pick..

    Anyways, I'm sticking with the following:

    Signing, all realistic within the abundance of cap space the Blazers have:
    - Batum to be the starting small forward
    - Chris Kaman to be the starting center
    - Goran Dragic to be the starting point guard
    - J.J. Hickson on a one year deal around the mid level exception
    - Joel Pryzbilla at the vet minimum

    Drafting:
    - Harrison Barnes
    - Damian Lillard
    I am a fan of
  1. cmeese47
    cmeese47
    Posts: 2735

    Posted 05/03/2012 11:36 AM

    Not a bad plan the #6 pick will be essential to give us extra flexibility this offseason
    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. TJ31
    TJ31
    Posts: 190

    Posted 05/05/2012 4:32 PM

    Look at trading for Al Jefferson.  Utah currently has 3 good young posts in Favors, Kanter, and Millsap and they may try to make room for the young guys to get PT.  They could also look to free off cap space. You could then trade Matthews and the 11th pick for Jefferson, whichtrades a $7M a yr SG who is overpaid, for a center that gives portland another low post threat, who is also a good rebounder and a good fit for the team.  You then look to draft barnes, beal, or lamb, but I think they may trade up with there 2nd rounder from 6th to 4th to get beal.  After that you should resign Batum for arround $10M, which after that we should still have about $10M to go after a PG.  I think they end up signing Goran Dragic for $8M and then might sign somebody like CJ Miles for $2M.





    PG Dragic/Smith

    SG Beal/Williams

    SF Batum/Miles/Babbit

    PF Aldridge/Hickson

    C Jefferson/Aldridge



    Portland isn't going to be able to land a good center through free agency or the draft.  Anyone who is a free agent will be either highly overpaid or restricted and too valuable for a team not to match.  Through the draft the only centers we could land is Drummond and Leanard, but Drummond has bust written all over him and I didn't like the way he played at UConn last season.  Leanard could be a good late lottery pickup but who knows if he will ever become one of the better centers in the league.  Matthews, even though hes an extremely hard worker, is only average for a starting SG and hes being overpaid at $7M.  There are a lot of good wings in the draft that Portland would be positioned to pick so I think Wes is expendable.  Dragic is the guy Portland should not let slip away at all.  They can make their run at D Williams but the chances of landing him are unlikely.  Dragic is the guy the need to pickup

    I am a fan of
  1. commontongue
    commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 05/05/2012 8:55 PM

    Until their is a method developed to gage the size of an individuals will to win,any and everybody we end up with is a gamble.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. Hg
    Hg
    Posts: 60

    Posted 05/07/2012 10:27 AM

    This is somewhat late, but I can't pick who we will get since we don't know who we can pick.

    Our needs is at least a consistent well balanced PG that can compliment the rest of the team; of course the top player at that position is DWill. Lowry or Dragic it seems is next in line depending on which one Houston lets go; they would also be the easiest to obtain. Even getting Dre back with his lack of pt shooting would be great; saying anybody with proven toughness to replace Raymond.



    Next would be a quality center that is younger then dirt that can play both ways effectively. then use Joel, Thomas and Thabeet for back up, I know the general feelings about thabeet, but if given more of a chance, someone to work with him and treat him fair, he may be a good future center, plus he can make his free throws. I don't know who to go after in that respect, whether to use free agency, draft or trade draft and personal.



    I believe JJ and the Blazers will come to some sort of a deal, don't know if it would be any more then a QO, but since we don't have Bird rights we don't have the right to match any offer that would put us over the cap. that doesn't stop Portland from offering him a contract in FA, or whatever, the main thing is we have to stay under the cap space with him and can go over with Batum because of Bird rights, that is the way I see it anyway.

     

    Our team defense will get better by just eliminating Jamal and at times Raymond. Also, with no training camp and so many new players to replace worn out or players that were opting out our team D will improve with chemistry.

    I don't think we trade off Wesley because he is still improving and plays good D.

    My improvement wants is as followed

    get best PG possible with FA, or trading our picks for a high end PG, but that is our # 1 need, and to get a center that doesn't break the bank, sign JJ, and to sign Nic last so as to br able to go over the cap.



    PG-DWill, or Lowry or Dragic, any of the three would be great for me, then sign Marshall with the draft if possible, and keep either Nolan or Jonny, not sure which, or both if Marshell isn't available or if we trade both of our picks



    At 2Gd Wesley and EWill, and Nolan if we keep him. I can hear the announcers with DWill passing to EWill for a slam dunk LOL.

    At SF,Batum, and I think we need to see what Babbitt can bring and he is going to put on muscle to help him on D. He needs more playing time to see what he can be, so the jury is still out on him, but he is on his rookie contract and is cheap.I don't know if JJ could play SF at times, but he would help out, if he gets better at draining the three.



    at PF and C, LMA JJ, and Joel Freeland, Joel Przybilla, maybe K Thomas and Thabeet.



    And use our 40th and 41st pick to round out the 15 players or maybe bringing over Diebler?????
    I am a fan of
  1. DHawes22
    DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 05/07/2012 1:43 PM

    Posted By cmeese47 on 04/10/2012 3:50 PM

    Addressing team defense:
    Portland needs to do a better job on their perimeter defense, currently only Wesley Matthews routinely fights through picks rather than going under them. This approach allows the opposing teams guards to attack the basket or launch uncontested 18-foot jumpers.  To combat this, Portland needs a quality shot blocker to discourage people from coming into the paint. A great shot blocker will allow the Blazers’ perimeter defenders to play tighter on their man, allowing them to contest more jump shots. Tighter individual defense will likely leads to more penetration to counter this Portland’s defensive rotations need to force the ball back to the perimeter without allowing for an open three point shot.

    One of Portland’s biggest struggles this year on defense has been against teams that spread them out and have quality shooters. Poor perimeter defense comes from players sagging of their man to prevent penetration. Unfortunately, to counter act this teams run more pick and roll, resulting in the Blazer defenders either switching or going under picks. By going under the pick, you can cheat and take away some penetration but you leave the ball handler an open jumper. Switching on defense results in numerous miss matches for the Blazers, point guards are stuck guarding power forwards in the post while the forwards guard much quicker guards on the perimeter, this forces other players to help off their man often resulting in easy layups, dunks or open three point attempts. A great shot blocker would help eliminate many of these difficulties, as would acquiring better perimeter defenders.

    I feel like this has been/was a Coach McMillan philosophy, and even with Nate gone, his entire staff still remained intact, so we still continued to witness these moves on the perimeter. So unless we get a new staff, I don't think it would matter who we fielded out there, players would continue to switch the pick and roll and leisurely fight through picks. I don't think switching 100% of the time is the answer, yet I don't think fighting through the picks 100% of the time is the answer either. Portland needs to disguise their defensive strategy on the pick and roll forcing the offense to react to Portland's defense, not the other way around.

    Speaking of the pick and roll, our screens need to learn how to set a REAL screen. Outside of Przybilla, none of our guys know how to screen properly. They will just throw their body in the way then bail before sealing their man and ROLLING to the bucket. Again, too much pick and pop and not enough rolling to the basket.
    I am a fan of
- Hide
   
  
 
 
   

    Recent Discussions

  1. summer moves and upcoming draft

    Started by Ricky on 05/19/14 at 12:19 PM

    Paul Allen said how do we get better?  I see no activity in the draft with no draft picks.  The trade possibilities are limited because of the value of our bench players.  We have no cap space.  So I think the improvement of our b...
  2. RipCity Movie!

    Started by Andrew Linares on 05/15/14 at 7:30 PM

    San Antonio game 2

    Started by buffielea on 05/05/14 at 2:02 PM

    Going to game 2 in SA and looking to see if any one else is?  Trying to find where the best seats for BLAZER fans are?
  3. tOfficial 2014 Trailblazer playoff Thread

    Started by Nate Caraway on 04/20/14 at 6:17 AM

    First Game starts tonight. Houston is a tough first round opponent and they play exceptionally well at home. If we can steal a game or two at their place, I feel like we have extremely good chances. 

    P.S. Would anybody happen to have a...

  4. Blazers quiz

    Started by cm_flippin on 04/02/14 at 10:49 PM

    There are many questions and you don''t have to register, you can continue as a guest. Didn''t know about Sporcle though, thanks.

  5. Free Agency 2014 + Aldridge's Comments

    Started by NickPitherUK on 02/18/14 at 6:57 AM

    We won''t have the cap space to sign any of those guys
  6. What happened

    Started by benh7777 on 02/12/14 at 10:22 PM

     

    The Blazers were winning!  That is the key word, were.  Blazers are living proof that you can live and die by the jumper.  Lately it has been dying.

     

    Thank God they are 19 games over 500.  Mayb...

  7. Spencer hawes

    Started by jamsmashers on 02/13/14 at 1:03 PM

    Hawes will be a hot commodity by the trade deadline, I would think the sixers could find a better offer.

    However, I do believe Mo Williams could have somewhat of  a high trade value. Olshey needs to make a deal to get a big man while we...

Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  ... 
Active Forums 4.1
NOT LICENSED FOR PRODUCTION USE
www.activemodules.com
The latest from
Everybody
rrow0225 uploaded new photo / 88blazerfan88 updated their fan statement / MrCramer23 joined group Jones Soda / Ricky created new forum topic summer moves and upcoming draft / cm_flippin commented on Blazers quiz / NickPitherUK updated their scrapbook / Qualab and RipCityRevival are friends now / daddy updated their Starting 5 / MJB uploaded new video /