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Escaping NBA Purgatory: The Portland Trail Blazers

Reading Time: 3 minutesThis is part 2 of my series of helping NBA teams get out of the dreaded middle ground between title contention and rebuilding. Today, we’ll take a closer look at the Portland Trail Blazers. The Portland Trail Blazers are currently sitting outside of the playoff picture. Based on how they do in Orlando, they could squeak in as an 8 seed. Regardless, their team is far from truly contending for a title.  The Blazers have a few key moves they need to make in order to improve to the next tier: Find a more suitable backcourt...

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How One Punch to the Balls Almost Ruined the Portland Trail Blazers

Reading Time: 2 minutesA punch to the balls and a drawn knife were the only reasons the Portland Trail Blazers stopped themselves from getting an all-time great. That was probably the most bizarre opening sentence to any article you’ve read. But it’s true. The Trail Blazers were awarded the 3rd overall pick in the 2005 draft after winning 27 games throughout the 2004-05 season. Unfortunately for them, this was one of the worst draft classes of all time. Somehow, Chris Paul wasn’t drafted by the Bucks or Hawks, the two teams that were granted the top 2 picks of...

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