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Feb 21

Meet Eric Maynor, Portland’s Newest Trail Blazer

By sarahhecht Posted in: ericmaynor

On Thursday, the Portland Trail Blazers added point guard Eric Mayor to the roster from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"Eric is a player we have valued and pursued for some time,” said General Manager Neil Olshey. “His skill level and character will be excellent additions to our culture on and off the floor.”

Drafted in 2009 by the Utah Jazz with the 20th pick overall, Maynor spent his first months in the NBA backing up Deron Williams. Later that year he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder to serve as backup to Russell Westbrook, which he did until January of 2012 when he tore his right ACL in a game against the Houston Rockets.

Since his return to the floor after a full and successful rehabilitation, Maynor’s played in 37 games with the Thunder, averaging 2.8 points, 0.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 10.6 minutes per game. His career averages stand at 4.2 points per game, 1.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 14.3 minutes through 209 career games with Oklahoma City and Utah.

Rip City’s search to find the elusive point guard of the future ended when Damian Lillard was drafted last summer, could it be that this addition of Maynor will shore up the position going forward? Only time will tell and the next 28 games will be a valuable evaluation period of Maynor, who could be a restricted free agent should the Trail Blazers decide to tender him a qualifying offer.

How much of Maynor have you seen? What do you think of the acquisition?

Until we get to see him in action this video of Maynor knocking down a 3/4-court shot after his return from injury is pretty sweet. Nothing but net.
 



Damian Lillard praised Maynor after learning of his addition to the squad, here’s what he had to say:

“I was a fan of his when he was at VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University.) I played in Utah his first season in Utah before he got traded and even in Oklahoma City, he had a couple good seasons there, so it’ll be fun to play with him. To have a point guard like him change the pace, he can really play the game. I think he’ll really help our team.

“It gives me more of an opportunity to play off the ball with him being, I think, a guy capable of being a starter, but I can play off the ball, he can come in the game and really get the team going if I don’t start the game. He’s been in the playoffs, been in the finals with OKC and I think he’s a good addition to our team.”

Olshey’s comments on Maynor:

“Eric is a guy we tracked during the draft, both myself at the Clippers and Portland, Bill Branch had him in Oklahoma City, so did David Vanterpool and at one point he was probably considered the premier backup point guard in the NBA. He had a little bit of a setback with the injury, but he plays the kid of style we like to play, he’s a great guy to run our second unit while still being able to play with the starters. He plays with good pace, good tempo, he takes care of the basketball, he makes good decisions and we also think we can experiment a little bit with he and Damian on the floor at the same time.”

For a full transcript and video of Olshey’s media availability, head here.

4 Comments

  1. hey Sarah, great to get to know him better. i was looking at his stats earlier today and notice he has a 3-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. that's pretty good for a backup pg in my eyes. i think he'll do a nice job of backing up Damian. my hope is that he is reliable enough to cut down on Damian's minutes per game.

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 2/21/2013 7:49 PM
  2. Hey Miss Sarah; Do you have a vanishing pen? I don't hear from you for month then twice in one day, I'm Lovin it. I even got to read Kassandra on the subject, wow, how can things go wrong.
    More then how Eric can play with our team but also with Nic, Wesley, Price, and that guard that I can't remember his name all having injury problems, this is a great time to get a experienced veteran to help us get through the healing of injuries. I have only watched Eric when he plays against Portland and he did make a good impression on me, but as far as how good he is I read Miss Kassandra and your input for that, and of course Mike and Mike.

    I think I am going to watch your show tomorrow and I am sure Eric's name will be mentioned.

    I am not trying to move Wesley out of the starting line-up, but since Wesley is pretty banged up do you think Eric and Lillard would be good as a starting guard Duo? Many teams are going in that direction to keep the middle a little more open.

    by Hg on 2/21/2013 10:31 PM
  3. ppl had mentioned Eric's name in the past here & there as a guy they'd like 2 c here & I've agreed w/ them but had 4gottten about him because I didn't think we'd b able to get him; us being able to get him is awesome! I LOVE what Olshey did! :)

    @ Kass, he's a good player & he still hasn't reached his potential yet :) You & a lot of ppl will b pleased we got him :) Yeah, his injury kinda messed up momentum w/ him developing/getting playing time; most of his stats don't tell how good he is (I liked Flynn as a person but as a player he was ok; Maynor is already better AND has a much higher ceiling v. Flynn :) I saw the game he torn his ACL :(

    @ Hg, in the future (we'll even c a little near the end of this season ;), Maynor & Lillard will run together from time to time :) ps in the summer, we should sign Maynor to a 3yr. contract; let's lock this guy up for a while while he's cheap & can develop w/ & for us :)

    by Simpson on 2/24/2013 12:57 PM
  4. I've wanted this guy since the draft last season before we knew Lillard would be as good as he is and this is a very, very impactful move by Olshey at the wire. He protects the ball and is a great passer with a good shooting stroke. Fans are going to love him here. He'll get guys the ball where they need it like Dre used to. I'm just thrilled this happened!!! Great article Sarah and I hear he's also a really nice guy!

    by riverman on 2/23/2013 8:28 PM
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