Portland Trail Blazers Season Preview History
Portland Trail Blazers 2012 NBA Preview:
While the post-lockout era began with sad news for Trailblazers fans—the too-early retirement of one of their native sons, Brandon Roy—what is left on the court is enough to carry them on. Forward LaMarchcus Aldridge is one of the most exciting and intriguing in the league, and his breakout 2010-11 season left fans in the Rose City eagerly anticipating what he can do to follow it up. With the forever-young Marchcus Camby and a group of young players like guard Wes Matthews and forward Nicolas Batum, the Trailblazers were emerging, but it was the mid-season trade for forward Gerald Wallace from Charlotte is what made them stronger and a true playoff contender. Traded at the deadline, Wallace brought a ferocious play that might have been missing from the Blazers, evidenced by his leading the team in steals despite his limited time there. With a whole training camp and start of the season soon to be under their collective belts, The Portland Trailblazers will be one of the more intriguing teams to watch in the NBA.
2010-2011 Portland Trail Blazers NBA Preview:
The Portland Trail Blazers suffered through a litany of injuries last season, but still managed to sneak into the playoffs before losing to the Phoenix Suns in the first round. Portland now returns healthy to begin the season, and expectations are high as the team is loaded with the most talent it has had in years, and fans are looking forward to a deep playoff run.
Perhaps the biggest injury to hit the Blazers last year was to Brandon Roy. The 6-foot-6 guard is one of the most dynamic scorers in the league if he's healthy, and averaged over 21 points a game last season. Highly touted center Greg Oden has yet to make an impact in his young career, but he has a tremendous upside and can play a big role both offensively and defensively if he can stay on the court.
The Blazers also made several moves during the offseason to improve their lineup, highlighted by the addition of Wesley Matthews, should be solid off the bench. Although they lost Travis Outlaw to the New Jersey Nets, Rudy Fernandez has proven he's a capable young players, and barring another injury-plagued season, there's no reason to believe Portland won't contend in the Western Conference.
2009-2010 Portland Trail Blazers NBA Preview:
The Portland Trailblazers look like one of the best teams in the NBA as they head into the 2009-2010 season. The young Portland squad was a 4 seed in the playoffs last season and has no doubt set their sights on making the Western Conference Finals this year. The Blazers are led by SG Brandon Roy, PF Lamarcus Aldridge and spark plug Rudy Fernandez. If Portland Head Coach Nate McMillan can keep the Trailblazers improving, and the team stays healthy, then the Blazers should be one of the premiere teams in the NBA for years to come.
2008-2009 Portland Trail Blazers NBA Preview:
The Portland Trail Blazers are potentially the next great NBA dynasty. With Greg Oden, Brandon Roy and loads of young talent supporting them, the Portland Trail Blazers are likely to be a team to be reckoned with for years to come. Watch a game in the famed Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, and you’ll see one of the brightest young teams play in front of the loudest and most supportive set of fans in the NBA.