My Portland Trail Blazers NBA Ranking + Trending Upwards/Downwards/Neutral for Upcoming Season

The Blazers, led by Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, finished the season with a 51-31 record (.622% win percentage). That awarded them the 4th seed in the Western Conference. They had to face Marc Gasol and the 5th seeded Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies got out to a quick series lead after winning Game 1: 100-86, Game 2: 97-82, and Game 3: 115-109. The Blazers were able to avoid the sweep by taking Game 4 by the score of 99-92 to stay alive. It did not matter because they were eliminated after Game 5 when the Grizzlies won 99-93.

Then came the Trail Blazers offseason. They had one of the worst offseasons you could possibly have. Last year, the starting lineup was Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Robin Lopez. Damian Lillard is still a Trail Blazer. Wesley Matthews signed with the Dallas Mavericks. Nicolas Batum was traded to the Charlotte Hornets. LaMarcus Aldridge left and joined the Spurs. Lastly, Robin Lopez took his talents to the Big Apple as well as sixth man, Arron Afllalo. The Trail Blazers able to acquire Mason Plumlee from the Nets as well as Noah Vonleh and Gerald Henderson in the Batum trade. Ed Davis and Al-Farouq Aminu all signed with the Blazers as well.

Blazers are now rebuilding. The Blazers went from a 4th seeded team, to a, in my opinion, 9th place or lower team. I do not have the Blazers making the playoffs this season. It will be a frustrating season, but not as frustrating as everyone thinks, in Portland. They do have some good youth and good pieces on the team as well as the players that they brought over. All is not completely lost, but hope for playoffs are. Trending: DOWNWARDS. I have them ranked #25 coming into the new season.

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