After starting 4-8 and having Zach Collins join Jusuf Nurkić on the injured list, it’s widely accepted that the Blazers will make a trade to give themselves a chance of having anywhere near the level of success that they did last year. Dame Lillard is playing out of his mind this year, and with only so many prime years of him left, it’s time for the Blazers to act.
To explore the question of what move Portland should make, we’re going to start by comparing the Blazers’ performance in the first 12 games this year to their marks from last season to look for clues as to what’s lead to their rough start. What jumps out in the image below is how much worse their offense has gotten, with their Offensive Rating dropping 6.5 points per 100 possessions:
The season is finally here! I've complied the results from the projection model, predictions about players and awards, and recaps of the offseason of each team.
HERE is a link to the preview of the league as a whole, with expected team finishes and awards predictions.
HERE is a link to the individual previews where you can click onto a page for each team.