Take a look at the Blazers roster & think of the future. What side of the fence are you on?
Optimist: Doesn't rely on his athletiscm to do what he does on the court, one of the NBA's ironmen & has brought a steady hand/veteran influence. Definite upgrade over Blake.
Pessimist: Can't shoot the 3(Neccesary next to Roy), isn't a great defender.
Optimist: Attacks the rim with aggression that we don't see from any other guards on our team. Improving jumper & defender.
Pessimist: Questionable ability to stay in front of the elite PG's in the NBA. May not have the "PG Mentality" that some think is neccesary next to Roy. Doesn't produce much in terms of steals or rebounds. Questionable basketball IQ.
Optimist: Our franchise player. Great scorer/rebounder/passer. Not only has he brought us back from the depths of the lottery but he has put our fanbase in "Why can't we win an NBA Championship too?" mode. Lastly he has shown he is one of the toughest in the NBA by playing on a knee that he had surgery on less then a week later.
Pessimist: N/A - Thanks for an amazing season BRoy ! We all love you #7
Optimist: Excellent 3pt shooter, easily marketable, a nice yin to brandons yang at the SG position in terms of tempo & style of play.
Pessimist: Terrible defender, average rebounder & as we all known not very comfortable in his role here in Portland.
Optimist: Excellent defender & shooter. Does not need plays called for him to make an impact. High potential with a high basketball IQ make for a bright future.
Pessimist: Does not look comfortable driving the ball, needs to add more muscle.
Optimist: Excellent shooting stroke & still can get up pretty high, still very young, saw a dramatic increase in effort on the defensive/rebounding end this year.
Pessimist: History of injuries, looks uncomfortable putting the rock on the ground - Will he be ok with playing less minutes if Batum's play demands more?
Optimist: Excellent shooter at the PF spot, streches the floor, arguably would look like an allstar if he had a dominant center on the inside.
Pessimist: ... Soft - Doesn't make the most of his physical abilities - Doesn't rebound or defend like he is capable of doing. Having him as our #2 on the team may not lead to a championship.
Optimist: Found the fountain of youth, always willing to get physical with opponents trying to get tough with the Blazers. Veteran presence, loves portland & low salary.
Optimist: A young Udonis Haslem, takes good shots within the offense, low salary.
Pessimist: A PF/SF tweener, not sure if he can defend a position in the NBA.
Optimist: Very tough, doesn't take bad shots, a big body, low salary.
Pessimist: Limited upside?
Optimist: Loves the Blazers. Excellent weak side defender & rebounder.
Pessimist: A little old, not a great inside scorer, history of injuries.
Optimist: When healthy & on the court he is arguably one of the best big men in the NBA. Excellent defender.
Pessimist: Can't stay healthy & when he is he can't stay on the court. Questionable offensive potential.