2011-12 record: 28-38
Fourth place, Northwest Division
Did not make the playoffs
Areas of Strength:
Flexibility. With a roster ravaged by injuries, attrition and just about anything else that could go wrong for a team, the Trail Blazers enter the draft armed with two first round picks and two more in the second round that give them the flexibility to use whatever avenue they deem best to overhaul the roster. There are no healthy untouchables on the roster heading into the draft. And a new general manager will look to put his stamp on this team one way or another.
How does everywhere strike you? The Trail Blazers' best player, All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, is recovering from a season-ending injury and needs help on every front. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done up and down this roster.
Two Stats That Matter:
7 -- The Trail Blazers' losing streak to finish the season, the worst in the Western Conference.
15.1 -- J.J. Hickson's scoring average in 19 games with Portland after being claimed off waivers, a career-high for the restricted free agent.
The Way To Go:
When you fire your coach, gut the roster and announce to the basketball world that you are rebuilding again, most everyone assumes you mean the draft. But even with two lottery picks and four overall, the Blazers have not ruled out improving their lot by any means necessary. With big names on the market and the free agent pool solid at several positions, they can be as active as they want to be in this latest rebuild.
2011-12 Team Stats:
Offensive: 97.2 (16th)
Defensive: 97.8 (18th)
F: LaMarcus Aldridge
G: Wesley Matthews
F: Luke Babbit
G: Nolan Smith
F: Elliot Williams
F: Nicolas Batum (restricted)
G: Jamal Crawford (unrestricted, player option)
G: Raymond Felton (unrestricted)
G: Jonny Flynn (unrestricted)
F: J.J. Hickson (restricted)
C: Joel Pryzbilla (unrestricted)
F: Craig Smith (unrestricted)
C: Hasheem Thabeet (unrestricted)
F: Shawne Williams (unrestricted, player option)
Recent Draft History
2011: Nolan Smith (21), Jon Diebler (51)
2010: Elliot Williams (22), Armon Johnson (34)
2009: Victor Claver (22), Dante Cunningham (33), Jon Brockman (38), Patrick Mills (55)
2008: Brandon Rush (13), Joey Dorsey (33), Omer Asik (36), Mike Taylor (55)
2007: Greg Oden (1), Josh McRoberts (37), Derrick Byars (42), Taurean Green (52), Demetris Nichols (53)
2006: Tyrus Thomas (4), Joel Freeland (30), James White (31)
-- Sekou Smith