Alright, first and foremost, I'm new here, so if something like this has been posted before, than I apologize.
Now, back to the topic. One thing I often thing about when watching these up and coming Blazers is what we will look like in 2-3 years. By that time, we are expected to be strong competitors in the playoffs. That seems pretty inevitable considering the massive talent that KP has managed to assemble. However, it is very debatable on who will be starting on that team. Here are my thoughts on each position:
PG: We have Steve Blake right now anchoring our team at PG. He is solid, no doubt about it. However, will he be the one that can lead us to a championship? He is already 29 years old, and will not be getting better any time soon. If he is not going to be the starter, than do we begin to look at Bayless and Sergio, or do we look to trade for a PG? I am personally a big fan of Bayless. The kid LOVES to learn and works hard on and off the court. I don't know if you guys have noticed, but he makes a noticeable effort to be a facilitator when he is on the court. This was evident today when he had 0 points but a couple assists. Now, as for Sergio, I am not all that high on him. I think he definitely deserves at least some minutes a game, but his run and gun style does not fit with Nate, and most importantly, Brandon. It is obvious that Nate does not like him that much as he has been in nearly every trade rumor that we have heard the past two years, and this shows us that he is defnitely expendable.
If I had to make a wager on it today, than I would say Bayless starts by the end of next season, but my confidence in that is not very high.
SG: Roy. Is. The. Man.
SF: The SF position is an interesting one on our team. We have Nicolas Batum, Martell Webster, Travis Outlaw, and to a lesser extent, Rudy. As of right now, Nicolas Batum is the starter, but he only plays 15-20 minutes a game. Martell Webster has been out all season, so we really haven't got a chance to see how he will play with the team. With these things in mind, I think you can make strong contentions for both players. As far as Batum goes, he is an athletic freak, he is arguably our best defender as a rookie, he has shown potential on the offensive end, and he is young. Nate has already developed a liking of him, and if he can work hard on his game, he can be truly great one day. Now, regarding Martell Webster, he is a solid defensive player, he works hard, and most importantly, he is a terrific three point shooter. The day we drafted Oden, I was thinking to myself how much it would benefit Martell. With defenses collaping on Greg, it would leave Martell open for the three all day long. Then Batum came along and said "Hey guys, I may look like a high schoo kid, but I am a straight up beast on the court".
I think both players are going to be vital to our team, but when it comes down to it, I think Batum is going to prove the better choice if only for his intensity and defensive prowess.
By the way, I didn't mention Outlaw here because I think Nate has made it clear he wants Outlaw to be that spark off of the bench for us. Some may disagree, but I think that's where he's destined to be.
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge or "LaMarvelous" as some of you call him.
C: Greg the Broken Leg Oden. Haha, I just thought of that one, so I thought I would use it. I am actually a strong supporter of Greg, and I think he will be great in the future.
Alright guys, post and criticize away! Was I wrong to doubt Outlaw at SF? Does Rudy deserve a place somewhere on the court? Is Sergio going to prove me completely and utterly wrong? Will Greg actually break his leg and then blame me cause I coined the nickname?
Just to make it easier for those that are too busy or lazy to read, here is my predicted starting lineup: