One Blazers achievement that no one seems to be mentioning is overcoming the loss of James Jones. Remember how important he was to the Blazers last year. We really didn't begin winning much until his knee healed. He was key in the 13 game streak. He provided that veteran savvy, as well as 3 point shooting.
We let Jones go. One of the concerns a lot of fans had this year was replacing his veteran savvy. Well, it looks like we did that during the regular season. And what's amazing is that we did it without Martell or Travis stepping into the starting SF role. We did it with a 19 year old rookie from France: Batum.
To me, this makes our season even all the more impressive. The savvy vet is let go to be replaced by the up and coming youngster, who gets a season ending injury and is replaced by a rookie, and an underaged rookie at that. Has the makings of an excuse for a significant tank job.
But we went the other way, played better than anyone expected. Way to go, Blazers!