I am new to the Blazers and the NBA as such, but have been following them for 4 years now. Right about the time Roy was ROY (pun intended) and we had players that I don't remember anymore. I have seen this team go from 'rebuilding' to .500 to a playoff contender. I had goosebumps last year just thinking of our depth and potential. And then, Outlaw got injured, and everything went downhill.
But still, at the end of the season, things were not bad. We still had hopes of the big men returning. We had depth and potential. And surely, our luck had to turn around right? Heck, I even bought season tickets.
Well, a little more than a month into the season, and we are not even a .500 team. We have lost 6 in a row. We have lost to teams that we shouldn't have. In a row. And worse off, it has been because of the same mistakes every time.I think the current roster is severely imbalanced, and doesn't allow for any player to hit a slump.
I blame this on the following moves I have seen from the start of summer. I just want to know whether people agree with me or not.
We lost Pendergraph, and we replace him by shipping off Bayless and signing Fab Oberto. We just made a thin and experience less bench, thinner and less experienced. If we shipped Bayless because he didn't fit and waived Pendergraph, because we definitely needed a big man, couldn't we have traded Bayless for a 2nd round pick and a big man, or just a big man? As I write NOH have 4 Centers on their roster (and 2 they waived before the season). The Rockets have 4. Even the Heat had a surplus. And we didn't get any of them.
And then Oberto retires, and we get someone worse. If it was because Aldridge and Dante were gonna share the load till Pryz returns, then why didn't we sign a backup guard or a bigger forward? Elliot Williams was sidelined by then. We had traded Webster for Luke and Ryan Gomes, and we make nothing much of the deal except waive Gomes immediately. If we knew Babbitt was not NBA ready, couldn't we have packaged Bayless and Gomes (or one of the rookies) together for a better deal?
And how come all the rookies from the past 3 years have not been NBA ready? And we trade them just when they can contribute minutes? The Lakers seem to be getting good rookies even when they haven't been in a lottery for years. Same with the Spurs.
I am new to the NBA, and know nothing much about the player transactions, but just from the above, it looks like the management doesn't know whether it wants to build for the future, play for this season or understand where a player is in his NBA development. It can be hard to build a strong team, but is it really that hard to find balance?