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Looking to Consolidate the Blazers Talent? Well Guess Who has the Highest +/-? Also Blazers vs. Grizzlies Game Preview

Look, just like every other Blazers fan in the entire world, I cannot wait for Kevin Pritchard to do some talent consolidation. I am sick and tired of watching great talent and great potential rot on the Blazers bench. Bayless is one DNP-CD away from turning into a Sebastian Telfair clone, Rudy Fernandez is so desperate to impress the coach that he is chucking up crazy shots like he is Ron Artest when Artest goes into chucker mode. Dante Cunningham leads the Blazers In PER’s, has only gotten 6 minutes of playing time, and Nicolas Batum has not played a minute this season.

Let’s face it; the Blazers are one loss away from imploding. There is simply too much talent on the roster to seriously consider the Blazers a championship team. If you take a look at the Lakers roster, you can see that the Blazers have no one on the roster crappy enough to match up with Adam Morrison or Didier Ilunga-Mbenga. Championship rosters need D-League level talent for balance. Think about it; say the Blazers won it all this year, which Blazer would fans from other teams say, "I can’t believe THAT GUY got a ring?" You might say Juwan Howard, but that’s kind of stretch since he is not a bad guy and he has been in the league longer than the internet has existed.

So, now I know what you are thinking, how do we get more scrubs on the Blazers roster and who should the Blazers ship out? Well, you will be happy to know, that it absolutely cannot and must not be Travis Outlaw. Outlaw has a stellar +/- of +30, just one below LeBron James. Basically Outlaw has been playing at a LeBron James level this year while LaMarcus Aldridge has a +/- of +3. Aldridge’s +/ is so crappy that the NBA.com +/- page doe not even list comparable players. I had to look at individual team rosters to find a comparable player. Watch today’s Grizzlies game and keep an eye on Hamed Haddai, because he has the same +/- as Aldridge. They are basically the same player only Aldridge makes way more money.

Now, before I give you the consolidation trade to beat all other consolidation trades, let me share with you some more numbers that will blow your mind. I am sure you think that Andre Miller should be the starter, well guess which five Blazers combined have the best +/-?

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The top five player combination for +/- on the Blazers, and the five players who should be starting are: Joel Przybilla, Travis Outlaw, Martell Webster, Rudy Fernandez and Jerryd Bayless with a combined +/- of +16. The most recent starting five comes in second at +12.

I am pretty sure I just blew your mind. I know you are like me and you are thinking, "The Blazers would be 7-0 if Nate would have gone with P.O.W.F.B. from the start of the season." Well, let me break it down for you a little more.

The Blazers best four player combination is Steve Blake, Aldridge, Brandon Roy, and Greg Oden with a +/- of +23. The best three player combination is Blake, Roy, and Oden at +33, and the best two player combination is Blake and Roy at +34.

Now, you all can see that adjustments HAVE to be mad and a consolidation trade MUST happen soon. The consensus at Blazers Edge is that a backup banger is needed and we all agree after reading the data I just presented to you, that Aldridge is the most expendable.

The trade that ABSOLUTELY MUST HAPPEN on December 15th is a trade of Aldridge and Batum (who is out and will not help the Blazers win NOW) for Anderson Varejao (+/- of +46), J.J. Hickson (+/- of -23) and Coby Karl (+/- of 0). Varejao would easily step in to replace Aldridge, Hickson is a scrub backup banger, and Karl is the guy who would not deserve a ring when the Blazers win it all. If that trade were to happen, the Blazers would likely not lose another game this season.

I would love to read your thoughts, please discuss.

GAME PREVIEW: Blazers vs. Grizzlies

Dave did a fine preview on the mainpage, but I thought I should throw my hat into the ring and give it the old BEdge try. If there is one thing that is lacking at BlazersEdge, it is duplicate FanPosts.

Tonight, the red hot Portland Trail Blazers take on the douche cold Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are know for three things: they were once a proud franchise in Vancouver, Canada, they traded Pau Gasol to the Lakers for a handful of magic beans, and last year their incompetent GM, Chris Wallace, signed and played Darius Miles to throw a wrench into the Blazers offseason capspace plans and to get whatever luxury tax benefits his team would receive from Portland going over the cap.

The Miles signing is hailed by many Grizzlies fans as the greatest thing to happen to the franchise because Portland sent the now infamous e-mail to all GM’s regarding signing Miles, and because of that e-mail, people actually paid attention the Grizzlies. It was the greatest two weeks in Grizzlies history.

The Grizzlies roster is full of ball hogs and backups. Only two players have a positive +/-, Zach Randolph with a +11 and Trey Glider with a +2. The only other player worth mentioning is Mike Conley because he is friends with Oden, and because of that relationship; his name often comes up in trade speculations. The best way to describe the Grizzlies roster is a Cluster #$@*!

I cannot think of anything else worth mentioning about the pitiful Grizzlies, except that we can probably expect a lot of Outlaw’s family to be there, since they live relatively close in Mississippi.

The Blazes should dominate this game with a final score of 137-72.

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