|2009-10 Team Rating|
|7th Overall||13th Overall|
2009-10 Season Stats
LaMarcus Aldridge has all the tools, now it's time to go to the next level. Marcus Camby is the lone standing center. Big year expected for Nicolas Batum.
Brandon Roy is the heart of the franchise, and he proved it during the playoffs. Veteran playmaker Andre Miller should feel more comfortable in Year No. 2.
Gave up among fewest points last season, but their deliberate offense dictated tempo and kept scores down. Camby is a top rebounder and shot blocker.
Wesley Matthews, Jerryd Bayless, Jeff Pendergraph, Dante Cunningham and rookie Luke Babbitt are dripping with potential. Could use another veteran presence.
Nate McMillan navigated a minefield of injuries last season, delivering 50 wins and a trip to the playoffs. Revamped staff this offseason, bringing in former head coach Bernie Bickerstaff and ex-Blazers star Buck Williams.
For all of the positives going on in Portland, several nagging situations need to be resolved. Top of the list for new general manager Rich Cho is the next move with Rudy Fernandez. His once-promising career has been sidetracked by a battle of wills between the organization and the Spanish star. Fernandez, unhappy with his role, has talked about sitting out if he's not traded.
The recoveries of Greg Oden and his backup Joel Przybilla loom over the team. Oden is supposed to be on schedule, though the former No. 1 overall pick and the team are keeping that timetable under wraps. While depth at center is a concern, the Blazers did beef up in other areas. Signing away Matthews from Utah adds punch to the second team if the former undrafted free agent follows up on a surprising rookie campaign.
Whatever character questions arose from a questionable video appearance by Roy should be long forgotten by camp. Roy showed what he was made of and his commitment to the franchise by coming back from a knee injury during the playoffs.
-- Art Garcia
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||D+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||C|
|Los Angeles Lakers||A|
|New Jersey Nets||B|
|New Orleans Hornets||C|
|New York Knicks||B|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B|
|San Antonio Spurs||B+|