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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/02/2013 7:20 PM

    I am looking for contributions from people who want to breakdown each of the Blazers we have, the coaches and the GM. From there we can make suggestions for improvement, trades, etc. 


    Please grade the players on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best.


    I am going to start with Lamarcus Aldridge

    Offensive 9/10

    Post 7/10 LA has some very nice moves in the post and can be a load to handle but he is too each to push off his spot and he doesn't like to bang much when on the block.

    Mid-Range 9/10 LA has a very nice stroke out to about 18 feet or so. Unfortunately, he tends to fall in love with the jumper too much and passes up chances to draw fouls or get easier buckets in the post. His turnaround is among one of the toughest shots in the league to defend but for a 6'11 guy he takes too many fadeaways.

    Long Range 5/10 He can extend his jumper out to 3 point range but it is not a real asset for him out there. He can also make open 20 footers but he is much better suited from 12-16 foot. 


    Defense 6/10

    Rebounding 7/10 LA is a solid rebounder pulling down nearly 9 per game and he has done better on the defensive glass hauling in around 6.5 a game. He struggles sometimes with remembering to box out and does not always crash the defensive glass hard. He has room to improve but he is not a liability here.

    Post Defense 5/10 LA is long and athletic but he is relied so much to score on offense that his post defense becomes very passive. Against Athletic 4's and 5's LA does well but stronger post players who are willing to body him up find little resistance in the post. Dwight Howard and Zach Randolph types players give him fits while players like Anthony Davis and Chris Bosh are an easier matchup.

    Perimeter Defense 6/10 LA does a pretty decent job covering the pick and roll. He does tend to sag off the guards a bit, which leads to some open jumpers but he is athletic enough and long enough to generally contest. He does tend to struggle with his foot work when trying to stop dribble penetration but he should not have to guard PG'S and SG'S off the dribble. LA is fairly solid here but players like Ersan Ilyasova, and more perimeter oriented bigs will find themselves several uncontested jumpers a game. 

    Help Defense 6/10 LA is active in the passing lanes getting a couple tips a game and his pick and roll defense is serviceable but LA is not an anchor inside. He will get the occasional help side block and a few steals but taking charges and challenging shots at the rim are not his forte. His defensive rotations need to improve especially when it comes to cutting off dribble penetration and covering perimeter shooters. 

    Final Thoughts LA is one of the league better scorers and is arguably the best PF in basketball. However, at 4.7 FTA's per game, LA could use more time in the post to increase his odds of getting to the line and raising his FG% to over 50%. While his passing has improved dramatically since his rookie year he still sometimes struggles when facing double teams in the post. His rebounding has improved but his numbers are slightly inflated by being an excellent offensive rebounder. LA has the athletic ability to be a good post defender but if he ever deserved the soft label it is on this side of the ball. LA needs to work on denying good post position on D and establishing it on O. He also needs to be more willing to challenge the shots of penetrating guards a few hard fouls and block shots would go a long way in slowing down dribble penetration. LA is a two time All-Star and is one of the best at his position but he still has areas of his game that could use improvement. Adding a little toughness in the post on O and D would be a good start. Especially if this team is ever going to make a long playoff run.


    Status LA is a keeper and should continue as the face of the Blazer Franchise but the team should not be afraid to move him if the right opportunity presents itself. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get adequate return on a top 5 player at his position and top 25 player in the NBA. Especially, with this teams track record in the draft.

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  1. Logic
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    Posted 04/02/2013 7:30 PM

    Barton 1/10
    I am a fan of Victor Claver Psyching out his weak minded defenders.
  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/02/2013 8:34 PM

    Give us a breakdown please not just a score

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  1. CarlJ1
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    Posted 04/02/2013 10:01 PM

    Not bad cmeese.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/03/2013 10:21 AM

    Will be working on either Batum's or Lillard's tonight unless anyone wants to lay claim.

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  1. Blazer247
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    Posted 04/03/2013 6:44 PM

    Agree with pretty much everything you said about Aldridge, nice post.

    Interested in hearing about Batum and Lillard, but I think I'd be way more into discussing the rankings of players on that precipice of keep/trade, such as Hickson, Claver, Freeland, Maynor, Barton, and even Babbitt, since he's been here longer than the rest yet still remains on that margin.

    Anyway, very nice breakdown on Aldridge's game this year.

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  1. Cailin Pietersen
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    Posted 04/04/2013 2:42 AM

    Really great post cmeese. I definitely agree with your defensive assessment. I think that LA is a good offensive talent and he will improve with more time under coach Stotts.

    I agree that his rebounding for a guy who is 6'11 and 250lbs should do more inside. Hopefully he, batum and lillard will develop a solid partnership and as a team we will improve and develop more ways of scoring. I think the Spurs are a prime example of using multiple players to run their offense (Duncan, Parker and Ginobli). So if we can keep our core together, we could be something like what they were during their last 2 championship runs.

    Again, I quite enjoyed reading your assessment and I look forward to discussing other players such as Leonard, Babbitt, Barton and Claver.

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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/04/2013 12:48 PM

    Nicolas Batum

    Offense 7/10

    Post 3/10 Nic does not spend anytime down on the block and probably shouldn't considering his skinny frame and finesse game. However, his post scoring could improve significantly by being more active without the ball in his hands and by making more aggressive drives to the rim. For Nic to make an all-star he has to be aggressive on offense taking the ball to the rim can only improve his FG% FTA and PPG. 

    Mid Range 4/10 Nic has very little mid range game to speak of out of his 11.4 FGA he only takes around 3 mid ranger jumpers per game. Nic has a nice touch on his shot and is athletic enough to be able to get his shot off in traffic why he only attempts 3 mid range jumpers a game is beyond me. Nic would be wise to emulate Richard Hamilton and run the baselines to get himself open for easy 12-15 foot jumpers. If he could hit that shot with any consistency and I know he can his FG% would like rise from the 42% he is shooting now to closer to 45-46%.

    Long Range 7/10 At 37% from 3 point range Nic is a weapon from beyond the arc. He is particularly good from the corner where he has years of practice. However, at 6.1 attempts per game one has to question whether or not he is shooting too many three pointers.

    Passing 8/10 Nic really stepped up in his role as a point forward doing a good job finding the open man and facilitating. His 4.9 APG are a career best and are well above his career numbers on a per minute basis. More dribble penetration can only lead to more assists so ball handling should be a major focal point for him this summer. 

    Decision making 5/10 I liked Nico being more assertive at times on offense but the man needs to stop leaving his feet so much. His jump passes made me sick to my stomach watching them and his TO skyrocketed because of them. He had 111 bad passes this year and 52 ball handling TO those numbers need to go down.


    Defense 7/10

    Perimeter Defense 8/10 Nic is a great defender behind the three point line and does a good job staying in front of people. His perimeter defense is part of the reason Portland has give up the 3rd lowest 3PT% this year. To his credit Nic really stopped sagging off his man and that resulted in him giving up a career low EFG% against. However, it also lead to Nic being beaten more off the dribble, which would not be such a big deal if we did not have such terrible post and help defense.

    Post Defense 4/10 Nic gets some nice chase down blocks and the occasional help side block but for the most part he struggles guarding the post. Batum is not physical or strong enough to play the kind of defense needed to succeed in the post, which is why you often saw Matthews trying to guard people like Lebron, Carmelo, and Metta World Peace. Luckily for us the number of Small Forwards who play a power game and operate inside is very short.

    Rebounding 5/10 Nic at 6'8 could be a much better rebounder than he is but a couple issues prevent that from happening one is his body. At around 200 pounds Nic does not have the upper body strength required to bang on the blocks for rebounds. The second is his role on defense, since Nic is best suited as a perimeter defender he can generally only be relied on to track down long rebounds. 5.6 a game is not bad but considering this teams rebounding struggles he could do more.

    Help Defense 7/10 Nic is a willing help defender but since he is often drawing a scoring threat his ability to leave his man does not often present itself. Still his chase down blocks and active hands in the passing lane help him force turnovers. I would like to see Nic improve his defensive rotations, especially recovering on the perimeter to allow him to double the post and relieve some pressure off of JJ and LA. Unfortunately, that rarely happened this year and the team gave up a staggering 47 FG% against and the most point in the paint in the league. 


    Final Thoughts Nic looked like he finally figured things out and then he hurt his wrist and reverted back to the passive Nic from years past. I am pleased to see the progress Nic made in his passing as that adds another dynamic to his game but 2.9 FTA and 11.4 FGA per game is not going to get it done for 11.5 million. Attacking the basket can only give Nic confidence he is an excellent FT shooter at almost 85%. Furthermore, a few more lay ups or dunks attempts per game will keep Nic from his 2-10 nights where he loses confidence and stops being aggressive. Nic has the ability to be a 20-5-5 guy and if he does that he will be an all-star. At 14-5-5 he is a over paid waste of such god given talent. The stronger Nic gets mentally the better he and the team will be. 


    Status Batum is intriguing because he has a big enough salary now that he could be used to match salaries if Portland ever wanted to pursue a trade for a max player. He also is young and talented enough that trading him could very well be a huge mistake. One trade I would do in a heart beat would be Batum for Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. I seriously doubt Chicago would make that move even for a player of Batum's caliber. With that being said it looks like Batum is here to stay if he can take it upon himself to be more aggressive he will be a great addition if not he will be an above average SF who is vastly over paid.

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  1. CarlJ1
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    Posted 04/04/2013 10:38 PM

    I think you should evaluate all the players cmeese you give a great accurate evaluation on LA and Nic good read keep it up.
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  1. Cailin Pietersen
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    Posted 04/05/2013 1:01 AM

    I really have to say I agree with your analysis again on Batum. 

    He is good on both ends of the floor but must get better. I don't think he's a 20-5-5 and guy because we have so many scoring options on our roster. I mean we have 4 players in our starting 5 who have scored 1000 points each this season. But I think that if we can get 16 points and 6 assists out of him he could help us improve our scoring and FG% which is very low because we shoot so many 3's. If Nic would attack the basket more his improved passing could become a greater factor because he could hit our other shooters with passes from the lane and get us more open jumpers.

    Looking forward to your next assessment.

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  1. Blazer Fanatic
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    Posted 04/05/2013 5:17 AM

    I don't agree with any of this.  Half right + half wrong = wrong.
  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/05/2013 9:15 AM

    I look forward to your rebuttal then fanatic I want this to be an accurate assessment so if I am wrong then help me fix it.

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  1. knorton181
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    Posted 04/05/2013 10:29 AM

    I'm interested in the under-the-roster evaluations. Such as Barton, Freeland, Claver, & even Sasha and Jeffries (although they might need another category for off-the-court value). I'd be happy to take the reigns on a couple of players, maybe Barton and Freeland.

    I agree with most of the above, I'd probably only change one thing and that is Batum should be an 8/10 for defense. I think he has all the ability to be an elite defender. I've seen him guard and shut down nearly any player of any style (of course not any bigs). Unfortunately, he only does this when the coach really asks him to and says "Nic go stop that guy." I think the team defense as a whole is poor & I think that has an affect on how he plays his man (less up in his man's face and more to help out in the paint, which he isn't as good at)
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/05/2013 11:00 AM

    Batum last year was a good ISO and Pick and Roll defender what he was not good at was covering the post or recovering against perimeter jumpers. 


    To his credit he stopped sagging off his man so much which has greatly improved his perimeter shot defense. However, by playing closer to his man Batum's ISO defense has suffered some as he can be broken down off the dribble, this is a big issue because we do not have a shot blocker in the post. Additionally, against stronger 3's Batum gets murdered in the post. Call his defense a 7 as I did or an 8 as Knorton wants it doesn't really matter. 


    He is a solid defender and has taken steps to improve his biggest weaknesses on defense (closing out on 3 point shooters), but he is not there yet. Give Batum a defensive anchor and I could easily see him becoming and 8 or 9 level defender because he can be more aggressive until then Batum is a good defender who has the potential to become great.

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  1. riverman
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    Posted 04/05/2013 11:21 AM

    I believe Nic is 2nd in the league in minutes played and he played sick and injured this season so that in my mind is a factor. I know Lillard and Batum are in the top 3 in the league for minutes played. I think Nic has adjusted his game to help his team even though he's had a bad wrist and nagging shoulder problem. I hope we get him some must needed rest now that the playoffs are pretty much in the rear view mirror. He also played all summer in the Olympics last year as well.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/05/2013 1:05 PM

    I appreciate Batum doing what he could and I think he could continue to improve but overall his season has been largely a disappointment considering his new contract

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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/05/2013 1:52 PM

    Wesley Matthews

    Offense 6/10

    Long Range 8/10 Matthews at 40.6% from three point range has become a serious threat beyond the arc. His step back threes have become one of his best moves and helps Portland space the floor. His clutch shooting has also been very important as he has a couple game clinchers / game winners to his credit this year.

    Mid Range 3/10 Between 3-15 feet Matthews is averaging less than 1 attempt per game. From 10-15 feet his FG% is 32%. I believe Wesley has the ability to hit mid range jumpers but it is not a part of his arsenal at all. Adding a pull up jumper could only make his life easier on the offensive side of the ball. 

    Post 5/10 Matthews does a decent job from 9 and under. He does not get many attempts per game from here coming in at 3.1 but his strong upper body strength allow him to finish through contact. Wesley needs better ball handling for him to effectively attack the rim so this number is not likely to increase without work but it does not have too much for him to remain effective.


    Defense 8/10

    Perimeter defense 9/10 Wesley does a great job of being aggressive on defense he is willing to guard the other teams best scorer and is not afraid to give up a little speed or size to do so. His willingness to fight throw screens rather than around them is admirable. Matthews can be beaten off the dribble but he does not give up on plays.

    Post defense 6/10 Wesley's intensity, toughness and physical nature help him guard the post a lot better than most SG's in the league. His willingness to guard Lebron and Carmelo despite giving up several inches to both of them was impressive and it allow Batum to guard Wade and Smith who both play a far less physical style. 

    Rebounding 3/10 Wesley does a lot of good things for this team but rebounding is not one of them. He does not crash the defensive glass and typically his defensive assignments are more perimeter oriented so that takes away a few opportunities. The average SG in the league has a rebounding rate of 7 Wesley comes in at 4.6. That number needs to improve as it represents over 2 rebounds per game more to opposition.

    Help defense 6/10 Wesley does not get to many opportunities for help defense when he spends most of his time guarding either the opponents primary or secondary scoring option. Wesley picks up a few deflections in the passing lanes but he typically spends most of his time guarding his man straight up. 


    Final Thoughts Wesley is a great floor spacer for this team with his above 40% three point shooting and his clutch shooting has been great this year as well. He certainly could use some improved ball handling as it would help him get inside more and force defenders to play him honestly hoping he won't drive by them. Matthews also could improve his passing and especially his rebounding both of which are well below league average for a SG. Wesley is not going to wow you night in and night out but his blue color work ethic and physical hard play especially on defense is of great value to this team. Wesley will never be an all star but we do not need him to be, what we need is good three point shooting and tough defense. He provides both of those, but he still could benefit from some improved ball handling, a mid range jumper, passing, and being a little more aggressive on the defensive glass. 


    Status For years it looked like Matthews was over paid but when you look at his salary and what he provides he is well worth the money.  His defense is the best on the team hands down and his three point shooting has been deadly and consistent despite a career high in attempts. Matthews also provides the type of vocal leadership I have hoped to see develop in LA. His willingness to play in the Summer League and tutor the rookies proves as much. Matthews would be a valuable trade chip if he was not so valuable to the team. Do not expect Matthews to go anywhere.

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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/08/2013 8:12 AM

    Should I do Lillard or Hickson next?

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  1. RipCity 14
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    Posted 04/08/2013 9:22 AM

    Hickson. Please.

    I am a fan of Raymond Felton. Haha, seriously though I'm a fan of Batum's Lobs and JJ's Slams.
  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/08/2013 10:01 AM

    Ok JJ it is but just be aware that his assessment is not going to be pretty.

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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/08/2013 1:49 PM

    JJ Hickson


    Offense 6/10

    Long Range 2/10 JJ is completely lost on the perimeter he has no jumper from beyond while JJ has made 48% of his 1.2 attempts per game from 16-23 feet this year he is a career 34% shooter from their and is not a threat at all from there. 

    Mid Range 4/10 While JJ has shot 48% from 16-23 feet he has really struggled from 3-15 feet making under 40% of his attempts. JJ can hit an open jumper but his shot is best utilized to keep teams honest than as a legit scoring option. 

    Post 6/10 JJ is a great jumper and plays with a high motor, these attributes help JJ rack up decent numbers on put backs and ally oops.  JJ when given the ball in the post has the ability to score on the block but his post foot work needs work. He struggles a lot when doubled resulting in a high turnover rate. JJ will likely never be Zach Randolph but with his size and hustle if he were to develop a few more post moves he could turn himself into a viable 15 point a night kind of guy.


    Defense 3/10

    Perimeter Defense 4/10 JJ is probably at his defensive best guarding the pick and roll. He has some quickness and effectively challenges the shots of smaller ball handlers. Playing out of position does not help his case but against taller PF'S and C JJ gets routinely shot over. Hard work can only make up for bad fundamentals so much and unfortunately it does not happen in JJ's case here.

    Post Defense 3/10 JJ is absolutely a horrible post defender, he allows opposing bigs to establish post position at will and his lack of size for the position makes it almost impossible for him to contest shots that close to the rim. On Isolation FGA's JJ is giving up a disgusting 59% iFG%. His 52 efg% allowed is bad but it is not the worst in the league or on the team, which shows that JJ's effort does pay off a little. 

    Help Defense 1/10 This is the biggest issue the Blazers have and JJ is the teams worst offender. His defensive rotations are slow and sloppy. He does a terrible job cutting off dribble penetration and challenging shots at the rim. JJ does have a couple nice help side blocks this year but he is hardly an imposing threat in the middle. 

    Rebounding 8/10 JJ is a good rebounder, a very good rebounder in fact, which over inflates his value to fans. To his credit averaging over 10 rebounds per game while playing out of position is no easy task. JJ does a good job attacking the glass on both ends. However, in his aggression JJ also struggles at time in remembering to box out his man and gives up more offensive rebounds than he should. 


    Final Thoughts JJ played hard for the team all season and had a good attitude throughout. He was a true professional playing out of position and for a paltry by NBA standards 4 million a season. JJ was efficient on offense rarely taking a bad shot but his defense this year was dreadful. JJ was undersized but that is a poor excuse considering he is roughly the same size as Ben Wallace who is a former multiple time defensive player of the year. He is also bigger than Chuck Hayes who at 6'6 manages to play tough post defense. JJ does a bad job contesting post position and his defensive rotations and iso defense are some of the worst in basketball. Luckily for him he is young and athletic enough that he could improve with time and effort. 13 PPG and 10.7 RPG are good numbers but JJ is the prime example of why numbers are not always a good barometer of success. JJ to me is a fine player but he is better suited on an up tempo team that needs to his rebounding more than his defense. On a team such as Portland JJ should be a 15 minute a game player who comes in to provide some scoring and rebounding off the bench but pulled out before his defense becomes too much of a liability. 


    Status JJ is pretty much done as a Blazer, Olshey has already been on the record calling his cap hold very high. JJ is not an effective center in the NBA so he will likely seek out a team that will let him play his more natural power forward position. Ideally the Blazers would like to get something out of JJ via a sign and trade much like they did Felton last summer but I would not hold my breath waiting for Olshey to get a deal done, especially if it hold up other moves. I love JJ's blue color work ethic but he is just not good enough to be a legitimate part of this teams future if we ever want to contend. 

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  1. CarlJ1
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    Posted 04/08/2013 9:36 PM

    I hope your ready for the backlash cmeese :)
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/09/2013 9:33 AM

    Bring it on

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  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 04/09/2013 9:42 AM

    The hickson thing is a old topic. In order to compete you need to pay people,go over the cap and keep players. javell mcgee is making 11 million in denver. Denver pays their players,even their bench players,so Denver is gonna compete. The Blazers wanna penny pinch,so therefore draft lottery every year and just pray we get lucky like we did with lillard. We can either Pay or pray. I guess the blazers choose to pray
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/09/2013 9:58 AM

    Our defense is some of the worst in the league and JJ is a big part of that his help defense and lack of post presence are lacking. Preventing others from scoring is just as important as scoring yourself.

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  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 04/09/2013 10:39 AM

    True but, jaja peturulia is the answer? Im not saying he's a god im just saying make sure to replace him with someone better,we are bad enough as it is,lets not try and downgrade ourselves. If we stop others from scoring alittle bit more then we do now,but we dont score at all then thats no good
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/09/2013 11:57 AM

    Zaza plays hard and is a much better defender so he is certainly an upgrade.

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  1. Nuno
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    Posted 04/09/2013 12:30 PM

    Chloe you said that about spending more money lots of times...

    It doesn necessarily mean we will have a better team if we spend more.

    Sure we need to get better players, but we can do that if we use our money wisely.

    Look at denver, you talk so much about them, they have 63m in cap... memphis also.

    There are other that spend more but are out of the playoff chase for some months like the Hornets, Magic, Sixers or Toronto...

  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/09/2013 5:04 PM

    Agreed spending smart is much better than just spending

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  1. billyamick47
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    Posted 04/11/2013 8:00 PM

    You nailed it on pretty much everyone but where is Lillard I thought you were going to do his profile.

  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 04/11/2013 8:41 PM

    zaza is a upgrade to hickson? wow!!! come on you know more about basketball then that. Some people just say crazy stuff sometimes,like the guy who told me Goran Dragik was better then Damian Lillard. Just cause he's white dont make him better. he averages 5 points 6 rebounds a game. He's only had 6 games all season where he scored in double didgits, i mean really? I already know" but chloe he doesnt play as many minutes'. If he were so good he'd play more then 25 minutes a game. Even if he averaged 48 minutes a game he'd only average 10 points and 12 boards which is about what hickson averages. Honestly our team is going nowhere and why alot of you agree with the direction of the franchise I dont know. Maybe im just a dumb blonde, but I dont understand how Zaza is any kind've upgrade. Plus he's extremly hard on the eyes. Gross!!
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/11/2013 9:40 PM

    Zaza's defense is much better than JJ's and that alone makes him more valuable to this team. Plus Zaza is playing behind Horford who thanks to a down year from Howard might have been the leagues best center. 

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  1. Cailin Pietersen
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    Posted 04/12/2013 12:37 AM

    Chloe I'm with you on that one. Pachulia is no upgrade over Hickson in terms of production. The point everyone is making is that Hickson is a terrible defender at both the 4 and the 5. Even when LA slides over to guard the opposing center, Hickson gives up points against the other teams 4. Look at the game against the Nets. Reggie evans outscored him.

    We need a solid presence in the middle to give rebounding and defense. Our offense will be just fine without him. Zaza is not the answer, I agree, but we certainly need someone to play center who isn't JJ Hickson.

     

    Don't get me wrong, the guy is great and I wish him all the best. He just isn't what the franchise needs and therefore he needs to be cut loose.

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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 04/12/2013 2:39 AM

    hicksons defense makes him a bench player on just about every team unless your the blazers with that said puchulia is an upgrade in a possition that almost requires a player to play at least decent defense and hickson is slightly below decent I wish he was a better defender cause his rebounding is a huge asset but at this point we don't have any real solid defenders on our bench our down low @ this point plus it's almost certain he's out after this year olshey has pretty much hinted it on quite a few occassions recently 

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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 04/12/2013 2:40 AM

    hicksons defense makes him a bench player on just about every team unless your the blazers with that said puchulia is an upgrade in a possition that almost requires a player to play at least decent defense and hickson is slightly below decent I wish he was a better defender cause his rebounding is a huge asset but at this point we don't have any real solid defenders on our bench our down low @ this point plus it's almost certain he's out after this year olshey has pretty much hinted it on quite a few occassions recently 

    I am a fan of defensive man beasts
  1. Curvychloe
    Curvychloe
    Posts: 610

    Posted 04/12/2013 8:36 AM

    Rebounding is part of defense you guys.seriously. I guess hickson must be horrible,I mean I dont watch as many Blazers games as you guys,I live in la and I work 2 jobs so,plus lets face it,blazers gave up on this season along time ago,but the issue I have with hickson is,yeah we can let him go,but we need to upgrade the posistion. I agree he's not Olajuwon,but you guys are looking at replacing him with a bunch of Jon Conkaks
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  1. BLASER
    BLASER
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    Posted 04/12/2013 8:43 AM

    ummm he's not the greatest @ contesting shots or getting stops in the paint thats also a big part of d 

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  1. Nuno
    Nuno
    Posts: 212

    Posted 04/12/2013 9:21 AM

    the plan to fill Hickson´s spot, starting center...

    read it today and find it very interesting, if true...

    http://www.blazersedge.com/2013/4/11/4215996/jason-quick-says-the-blazers-are-not-targeting-a-free-agent-center

  1. BLASER
    BLASER
    Posts: 757

    Posted 04/12/2013 9:43 AM

    I wouldn't mind varajao, asik, mcgee, horford, perkins, or jordan were bound to land one of them teams are looking to dump cap space off this off season 

    I am a fan of defensive man beasts
  1. cmeese47
    cmeese47
    Posts: 2735

    Posted 04/12/2013 9:52 AM

    Gee from that article it does not seem like we are targeting anyone. The reason why Pachulia makes sense is because he has the ability to start but he won't demand minutes or shots. This is important because Leonard was drafted to be the teams future center. Pachulia won't stunt his growth.

    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. riverman
    riverman
    Posts: 1431

    Posted 04/12/2013 10:08 AM

    Since Houston has stated they are going after Howard or Bynum a sign and trade with JJ for Asik would work and of the available centers, he's my favorite to target. He's young and a prime defender/rebounder plus he can score in the paint.
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. hoangpaul123
    hoangpaul123
    Posts: 28

    Posted 04/12/2013 8:54 PM

    Why not go after dalambert? He averages 14.7 pts and 13 rebs per 36 mins. Hes a good defensive center and he'll be able to start because meyers wont be starting. They could split minutes at the c, each playing about 24 mins a game. That is enough for meyers to gain experience and at the same time he'll be mentored by dalambert who will be able to teach leonard to be a solid defender. We could offer him like a 3 year 18-20 mill contract, 6-6.6 mill a year. He is sitting on millwaukies bench anyway, only playing 17 mpg this year, so i doubt the bucks would try to retain him. And we would be paying our 12th pick about 2 million...so if we got dalambert and whoever with the 12th pick, we'll have around 5-6 million left to get one or two free agents.

  1. RipCity 14
    RipCity 14
    Posts: 941

    Posted 04/13/2013 12:24 AM

    Dalember = 31. Asik = 26.

    I am a fan of Raymond Felton. Haha, seriously though I'm a fan of Batum's Lobs and JJ's Slams.
  1. BLASER
    BLASER
    Posts: 757

    Posted 04/13/2013 1:14 AM

    I'd take asik over dalembert

    I am a fan of defensive man beasts
  1. Curvychloe
    Curvychloe
    Posts: 610

    Posted 04/13/2013 7:55 AM

    wow the blazers really on track,lets let jj go and target......no one!! See what I mean you guys,honestly the blazers are becoming the Raiders of basketball right down to jamarcus russell/greg oden.
    I am a fan of Sexy Blondes at courtside
  1. riverman
    riverman
    Posts: 1431

    Posted 04/13/2013 9:19 AM

    Olshey has targeted offseason moves already. He mentioned earlier that they had a plan after the allstar break pretty much in place. As for JJ, I like his energy but when LaMarcus was out we lost every game where JJ was the go to guy. It's also a contract year for JJ. I think we'll sign and trade him for a center but it'll have to be to a team that's in the playoff hunt.
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. Curvychloe
    Curvychloe
    Posts: 610

    Posted 04/13/2013 11:41 AM

    Why was JJ the go-to guy when LA was out? thats the real question
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posts: 2735

    Posted 04/13/2013 1:08 PM

    Curvy why do you like JJ so much is it his double doubles, the rebounding, what? 

    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. Nuno
    Nuno
    Posts: 212

    Posted 04/13/2013 4:03 PM

    good question cmeese...

    If we look at our starters, JJ is te only one that would be a starter in most of the teams...

    Lillard will become a top PG

    Aldridge is an All Star

    Batum and Mathews are very good players to...

    JJ Hickson is a top rebounder, and mostly a dunker... poor defender and shotblocker...

  1. Fallen_Deity
    Fallen_Deity
    Posts: 440

    Posted 04/13/2013 7:47 PM

    Atlanta is rumored to be gearing up to pursue Howard, if they win the Howard lottery, 1 in a million chance, they won't keep Horford AND Howard so we need to remember Olshey could be waiting to see what move is made to see what move to make.... Chess is never won on the first move, it is won on the move that counters another

    I am a fan of competing til the final buzzer!!!!!!!!!!
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