May 17

‘You Be The GM’ On Trail Blazers Cornerstone Aldridge, Matthews, Batum, Felton and Williams

By sarahhecht Posted in: ElliotWilliams, LaMarcusAldridge, NicolasBatum, RaymondFelton, WesleyMatthews
The big names in Trail Blazers basketball are up for debate in The Oregonian’s “You Be The GM” series. LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, Raymond Felton and Elliot Williams are face the tally.

Which direction did you vote?

LaMarcus Aldridge

Pelton: As to the more complex question of how the Blazers build around Aldridge, I do think he's a No. 1 player, but not necessarily a traditional one. What makes Aldridge unique is his ability to impact the game at both ends. Look around the league's elite power forwards, and while there are better players than Aldridge, I'm not sure there's anyone who is better both offensively and defensively than Aldridge.

Freeman: I separate players into two categories: Someone I want on my team and someone I want on the other team. If I were a captain in a pickup game, I would pick Wesley Matthews and his fiery demeanor, win-above-all-else attitude and exceptional work ethic to be on my team. Now is he a starter on my team? That depends.

Freeman: Is Nicolas Batum Batman? Or is he Robin? I say he's Spider Man, just as Peter Parker started to hone his superpowers. His multi-faceted skill-set and potential are unique in the NBA. And although he hasn't yet learned to harness the consistency and all-the-time aggressiveness that are preventing him from becoming an elite player, he's on the cusp of breaking out. The only question is: How much will the Blazers have to pay to keep him in Portland?

Calkins: Felton's ineffectiveness was a major factor in the Blazers' shortcomings this year. But it seemed fans' most pleasurable form of catharsis came in verbally beating him like a pinata. The only remaining question regarding Raymond's return to Portland is how loud the boo birds will be next time he's in the Rose Garden.

Pelton: We're already confident, based on Williams' impressive performance in the brief minutes he did get last season, that he's a keeper. Whether he should enter training camp assured a spot in the rotation, or even with a chance to battle Wesley Matthews for the starting job at shooting guard, remains unclear and won't be known until October.


  1. Hey Miss Sarah;
    I voted to keep LaMarcus, the discussion of whether he is number 1 or Two, isn't important. He is quiet by nature and all leaders don't need to be vocal. Him and Joel brings leadership in every game by example.
    Regardless of what is said about La Marcus's nature, he is now the cornerstone of our franchise and it is his until it is taken away.

    I feel if we can get a PG that can be what Ramond was supposed to be then Batum, Matthews, Elliot, and LMA's game will sky-rocket.
    I thank you for the blog Miss Sarah

    by Hg on 5/17/2012 11:08 AM
  2. I voted to keep all of them but Felton of course :)

    FWIW, I agree with Kevin Pelton about LA being non-traditional #1. When I remember how much he broke out when he was playing with Dre, who knew how to read the floor and pass the rock, I have little/no doubt that under an elite or even near-elite PG, his game will jump (as it should have this season. Thanks again Ray Ray). I also believe the same can be said for Elliot, Nico, and Wesley. In defense of the critique about Wes being an NBA starter or not, I would like to point out that not every player at every starting position has to be elite :)

    by SisillaRiann on 5/17/2012 8:52 PM
  3. I also would keep all of them but Felton. I think Elliot is a future allstar. Wesley will shine with a point guard that has a great handle and court vision. I think Nic and Wes suffered from playing with Felton and not getting the ball where they needed it. Andre Miller made Nic and Wes better players. Wes was amazing when he had Deron Williams feeding him the ball in Utah. So we need a real unselfish point guard who makes smart passes. I thought our passing game was atrocious last season. Watching the Spurs in games 1 and 2 of the Western finals is a clinic on ball movement. I want this in Portland again. LaMarcus, Nicolas, Wesley, Elliot, JJ and Pryzbilla would be keepers for me. Go Blazers!

    by riverman on 6/2/2012 11:36 AM
  4. I think Joel needs a full season and training camp. People forget that he was out of the game for a long stretch before coming back at the end of the season. I hope we don't lose him to the Bulls.

    by riverman on 6/2/2012 11:38 AM
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