[2017-18 NBA Preview] Portland Trail Blazers

The NBA season is almost here. While the majority of people think the NBA season is already over before it even begins (let’s just go ahead and crown the Golden State Warriors right now, right?). we still have to let the season play out because YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN, RIGHT?

What if the Warriors are involved in some kind of freak accident and everyone gets hurt?

Well, the league just opened up for all 29 other teams to win the whole thing.

Even though I personally believe it would take a plane wreck to take the Warriors down, there are some NBA teams out there that think they have the tools and weapons to do exactly that.

Are the Portland Trail Blazers one of those teams? Yes. Yes they are. They are the greatest team ever and will win 1,000,000 NBA championships by the time this season is over. Oh, you think that’s impossible do you? Well, you have never seen the threesome of Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic play together over the course of an 82-game season. I’ve personally seen all of it in my mind and it is glorious. Don’t believe me? Just read on.

So, how many titles will the Portland Trail Blazers win this season?

LET’S FIND OUT!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 33-49 (2012-13), 54-28 (2013-14), 51-31 (2014-15), 44-38 (2015-16), 41-41 (2016-17)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2016-17 First-Round vs. Golden State Warriors

Last Playoff Series Win: 2015-16 First-Round vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Last NBA Finals Appearance: 1991-92 NBA Finals vs. Chicago Bulls

NBA Championships Won: 1


 

Head Coach:

Terry Stotts

Overall Record: 338-355

Record With Team: 223-187

Playoff Record: 12-20


 

The Squad:

Starters (with averages for last season):

PG: Damian Lillard (27.0 PPG, 5.9 APG, 4.9 RPG, 24.1 PER)

SG: C.J. McCollum (23.0 PPG, 3.6 APG, 3.6 RPG, 19.9 PER)

SF: Mo Harkless (10.0 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.1 APG, 13.1 PER)

PF: Al-Farouq Aminu (8.7 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 11.3 PER)

C: Jusuf Nurkic (10.2 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.9 BPG, 17.5 PER)

Bench:

Evan Turner (SG), Zach Collins (C), Caleb Swanigan (PF), Jake Layman (SF), Shabazz Napier (PG), Meyers Leonard (C), Noah Vonleh (PF), Pat Connaughton (SG), Ed Davis (C), Isaiah Briscoe (PG)


 

Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Damian Lillard (27.0)

Rebounds Per Game: Mason Plumlee (8.0)

Steals Per Game: Maurice Harkless (1.1)

Assists Per Game: Damian Lillard (5.9)

Blocks Per Game: Mason Plumlee (1.2)

Turnovers Per Game: Jusuf Nurkic (3.1)


 

The Prediction:

48-34

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