Grading the Trailblazers offseason pick-ups so far
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  1. blazer TMONEY
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    Posted 07/11/2013 2:33 PM

    Robin Lopez- B+... He is a great pick-up that could potentially start for the Blazers next year. If he doesn't start he will be the back-up for Meyers Leonard and they are the only two centers on the team.

    Thomas Robinson- B... I give them a B on this pick-up because of the potential he has. He is a great PF and is very young. If he were to stay for a few years he could improve as a player and do good for the Blazers.

    C.J. McCollum- A-.... He is a great addition to the Trailblazers and can play the 1 & 2 guard very well. With a year or two of work with the Trailblazers he can potentially be the starting 2 guard for the Trailblazers alongside Nicolas Batum, Damian Lillard, and Lamarcus Aldridge.

    Dorell Wright- B... He is a great addition at the small forward, and shooting guard and could be a good back-up for Nicolas Batum, or even a starter in front of Wesley Mathews. 

    Allen Crabbe- B+... He can be a great addition the Blazers bench, and also a good back-up to Wesley Mathews, He is a young, solid shooting guard and has loads of potential as the 2013 pac-12 player of the year.

    Earl Watson- C... I don't particularly like this pick-up but because of his relationship with Neil Olshey he could easily be here for along time as a good addition.

    That is my opinion on the pick-ups!!! What is yours?

                   By: the 13 year old reporter

  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 07/11/2013 2:58 PM

    Agree with most of your grades! I feel old yo, Im supposed to be the youngest on the boards hahah

    -The 15 year old guy

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  1. Blazer247
    Posts: 591

    Posted 07/11/2013 3:07 PM

    Love em all! Considering what was available, the production they'd bring, and the pricetags for each, I feel like this could be a very under-the-radar summer.

    I think Lopez will be our starter until Meyers develops more, and he's exactly the type of defensive shot-blocking center that we needed.

    Thomas Robinson has the potential to be a mini-JJ Hickson, with a great motor and work ethic, and plays with intensity around the hoop.

    Similarly with CJ McCollum, he's hopefully going to be a great backup to Dame at the pointguard, although I'm a little worried that fans are going to get their expectations up that he'll be just as good as Lillard, which would be awesome but hard to say it's likely. Still, if he does fill his potential, coming off the bench as 6th man would be huge for this squad, giving Damian and/or Wesley some needed rest.

    Wright will be a great backup for Batum (no way will he start over Wesley in my opinion, sorry), but hopefully it doesn't influence Batum into hanging out in the corners and just shooting 3's again; we NEED Nico to step it up like he did last year and show us he can put it all together consistently.

    Crabbe is really my biggest question mark... I just don't know enough of what he brings in his game, just seems like he might be a rookie version of Wright. But, if he can hold his own on D, there's nothing wrong with a player knowing his role, and that's to shoot from the arc.

    Watson will be great for Dame and CJ, he's still a good passer plus he has history with Gary Payton (whom Dame trained with this summer, right?) and he's been playing in Utah, close to where Dame was in school, so that could help form the chemistry to get them started.


    Overall I'd say it's a B right now, probably even a B+ once we've seen most of them show their summer league skills. And while that may not be a perfect grade, it's going to be a huge benefit compared to where we were at this time last year! GO BLAZERS!

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  1. Blazer247
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    Posted 07/11/2013 3:09 PM

    Hahaha you kiddies better stop talking about your age! You're gonna make us adult fans start saying things like "back in my day"... welcome to the boards, Tmoney!
    I am a fan of BLAZER BASKETBALL. Not drafts, not business, not trades, not David Stern. Just BLAZER BASKETBALL.
  1. blazer TMONEY
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    Posted 07/11/2013 3:23 PM

    Thanks for the the welcome man!!

  1. blazer TMONEY
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    Posted 07/11/2013 3:24 PM

    haha we crash the boards as the two youngest then! haha.

  1. blazer TMONEY
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    Posted 07/11/2013 3:31 PM

    No need to be sorry on that comment and it probably won't happen. And that is correct Damian Lillard worked with Gary Payton on his defense this summer.

  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 07/11/2013 3:58 PM

    Robin Lopez C+ he is a nice veteran presence who is still young enough to grow with the team. His rebounding must improve drastically though and the grade gets a slight penalty for Lopez's 15% trade kicker

    Thomas Robinson B- I like Robinson and think he has a good chance to learn and play behind LA; however, his growth is likely to be limited by the teams need to play LA 36 minutes and Robinson's inability to play more than the PF spot. Also slight deduction for giving up the promising Kostas Papanikolaou.

    CJ McCollum B- he has good handles and looks like he has terrific range on his jumper. Is a little undersized and not extremely athletic but should be able to hang most nights. Major deduction for making him our back up PG. 

    Dorrell Wright C+ he was not a flashy pick up but he can shoot from the perimeter, plays a little defense and adds some depth to the SF position also will for Claver to work hard and earn his minutes. 

    Alan Crabbe B I like Crabbe, he can shoot and showed good promise as the Pac 12 POY. Small deduction for overpaying on the trade as the #26 pick went for cheaper despite being 5 picks higher. 

    Earl Watson D he can pass and has been in the league a while, he is not much of an offense or defensive threat and tends to be turnover prone, if he was higher on the depth chart this grade would be an F. 

    Overall we made some solid low key moves I would give the off-season so far a B-

    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. fredisdead
    Posts: 62

    Posted 07/11/2013 5:36 PM

    oh but the 26th pick got payed alot more then the 31st so money wise the alan crabbe trade was great i loved are draft im sad about withe wanted to see that guy play fropez is ok but i rather gamble on the unknown and save my money other then that i really like what we did i give us a B+

  1. Ricky
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    Posted 07/12/2013 12:17 PM

    I will reserve judgement until I see them play (summer league) and Preschedule.  Depending on how well they play together they could get anywhere from a C to an A in my book.
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  1. riverman
    Posts: 1431

    Posted 07/12/2013 4:12 PM

    I'll wait longer than summer league. By Feb trade deadline we'll know what grade we can give the team. Summer league is not a good parameter to measure the acquisitions we have just made. Nolan Smith lit up summer league as did Jared Bayless back in the day. Not a lot of defense played in summer league, it's more like D league action in my opinion
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  1. barnettfan
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    Posted 07/13/2013 5:32 AM

    I give the draft/FA a solid  B. I like the deal of Lopez, he is 25 and has been improving every year, it gives Meyers someone to train against who is a real center. We gave up a rookie center  and some cash for him .TRob I like the deal we gave up 2 maybe players (maybe they will come maybe they wont maybe they will work out maybe they wont) we have enough maybe's on the team.At worst a solid back up for LA. I would rather have a third center than a third pg  I suppose Freeland will fill that spot as a tweener  PF/C. I hope either Crabbe or Barton step up and try to take Wesley's job because I think Wesley is our 6th man he is our Manu so to speak being able to come off the bench and spark the team. I do not see the grade being downgraded cause anything is an improvement over last year but I do see an upgrade in the grade. I think the wild cards are going to be TRob, Lopez, Crabbe or Barton. CJ is what he is, highly doubtful that he is going to take Damian's place and if all goes well Meyers will have the starting spot over Lopez by the end of the season if not than we hope that it is because Lopez has improved also.
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  1. GibbsPrinting
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    Posted 07/14/2013 11:40 AM

    I heard watson say in an interview that he was brought here to teach the young guards how to represent your team on and off the court, also to be ready if called on. Those words were from him with Olshey standing right next to him, so personally I give that a solid B, All young NBA players could use a mentor of sorts. IMO

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  1. UCLAwin
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    Posted 07/18/2013 12:06 AM

    New to the site and don't really have a whole lot of time to spend on message boards right now, but I have been following Earl Watson's career since his freshman year at UCLA. He's extremely tenacious, has a high basketball IQ, and with the young guns on the Utah bench you could see him teaching and working with them on and off the court. He's had a lot of injury issues the last two years, and one of his greatest strengths is his biggest weakness - he plays hurt. Two seasons ago he severely sprained his ankle, came back too soon (even though he had one of the most amazing games he's had in several years just a couple days after the injury). It never fully healed though and he kept hurting the ankle and eventually jacked up his knee and had to have surgery. Last season he was still coming back from the surgery, then was playing on a non-displaced fracture and bone bruised leg, and had a sports hernia. So I say take his numbers with a grain of salt, though his focus really is more on making his teammates better and fulfilling his role than trying to get his own numbers.

    He has had amazing opportunities, working with some of the biggest names in the game and soaking up as much knowledge as he could. I mean, starting off your college basketball career at UCLA with John Wooden and Magic Johnson mentoring you...

    People who like stats, like to see players scoring, they may not care for him when he gets on the floor. Those who take a little more cerebral approach to enjoying basketball will probably like him a lot. And he's one of the great lob throwers in the game for the high flying younger players.

  1. Posted 07/18/2013 6:51 AM


    just came out with an article saying that NIel Oshley is conversing with Lamarcus Aldridge over different trade scenarios.

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