ESPN’s Zach Lowe: List of Trail Blazers are just ‘blah’

The Portland Trail Blazers They restructured their squad to help them compete next season. Unfortunately, ESPN analyst Zack Lowe wasn’t blown away by the manual labor of General Manager Joe Cronin.

Sports Illustrated’s Howard Beck joined him on his annual “Five Most Disconcerting Teams.” Lowe Post podcast, Lowe refers to the Blazers as “blah” and “a mere 500 teams.”

There are reasons to look at this team and say well, these are the outlines of what kind of good team it is. The top five are The Lady, Anverne Simmons, The Question Mark, Jeramy Grant, Joseph Nurkic. The question mark might be Nasser Little, or Justice Winslow, or the Josh Hart that I really love.

It’s a solid solid start. Their seat will effectively be Simmons as reserve guard, Gary Payton II. And I’ll do the thing I’m running Gary Payton II fast to play with the novices if I’m going to use Simons as a backup because the more shooting and talent around him, the better he looks. Two little fandom, Josh Hart, the triple-winged Justis Winslow I mentioned before and then some question marks in the big guy spot. It’s an interesting team on paper.

They’re just blah to me, take a look at that lineup I just mentioned. It’s okay, as if it’s fine. I think Jeramy Grant is getting a little bit exaggerated. I love all the wings you mentioned in the fifth start. Norkic is doing well as a centerpiece in the NBA. He is fine.

Dame and Simons, it looks like we can defend with two young guards for the 10th year in a row in Portland? And if Norkic isn’t an elite defender in the line of defense anymore and I don’t think he is, I think he’s lost a quarter of his strides or so, defensively.

Lady, Simmons, Norkic, I just don’t know how to build a good enough defense around this trio. Which is why I’ll be bringing Payton 2 early in the games for Simmons. And the seats are like OK. I mean who is the support center, Drew Eubanks, Trendon Watford. Trendon Watford has one of the great floats in the NBA, that’s cool, it’s small as a center. It’s not great. It’s just blah.

When the Blazers have been so good in the past 10 years, it’s mostly because their attack is incredible. So their attack ranked 27th last year, and they threw it out the window, it was a wasted season, and they were going down so hard that I almost liked it in the last 20 games of the season.

In the last few years they’ve been second, third and third in points per possession and this raised a defense that was poor in some years, mediocre in some years and in some years it was somewhere in between.

I just don’t look at this team, lady’s brilliance, and these numbers are a tribute to a lady because these supporting cast weren’t full of the offensive elite outside of CJ McCollum.

I just don’t see an incredible attack from these guys and I definitely don’t see a good defense. I don’t see much depth in being able to take a hit on one of the best players.

I just see blah, it’s just a lie. I also see the 500 team.

And I think it’s confusing, because there’s enough to get you interested and talk to yourself, “Well, they could be sixth in the West, and they could win 45, 46 games.” Over 40 years old is 39.5.

And there are also many questions that I can see the season really take away from. I think they just look like 500 types to me and last year they tried this crazy blitz defense with Norkic even though that’s not how it was built to play. They’ve played a lot of territories and have never found anything that works and schematically I don’t know what Chauncey Billups’ answer this year will be. But that’s not how they played last year, even in full health, they can’t attack and collide, they gave up a lot of triples and tons of shots on the edge.

I just feel like a nice guy blah, I feel bad because I love the lady and I love Portland, they have some of the best fans in the NBA. I just don’t know where to go.”

However I’m sitting here and I really like what Nasser Little showed last year before he got injured and he’s healthy and I think he’s going to start off in camp and play really well. I think GP II is really suitable for this team, although it’s hard for them to do the thing that the Warriors did, which is to make formations where he’s the only one not shooting on the ground so he’s free to roll over to the edge. I’d like to see them try Justice Winslow at the center and kind of see how it doesn’t look like he’s a shooter, he’s also not a shooter. Given their other options in Backup Center, they should at least give it a try.

And I think they’ll find minutes for Sharpe, and I think they’re early admirers of what they’ve seen of Sharpe, and I don’t know how it fits into a standard rotation of nine men, but I think I’ll try to find a lecturer for him so I can talk myself into it, but I don’t feel great.

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