Eggers: Player-By-Player Midseason Grades For Blazers

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A beat writer gives out grades for the 2012-13 Portland Trail Blazers.

Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune offers midseason grades for each member of the 2012-13 Portland Trail Blazers.

The top performers...

Nicolas Batum

Strengths: Can score in transition, excellent dunker, solid 3-point threat, good creator for himself and teammates, excellent off-ball shot-blocker.

Weaknesses: Loose with ball at times, can disappear offensively for stretches

Grade: A-minus

Damian Lillard

Strengths: Clutch shooter and scorer, patient and strong decision-maker, court savvy, excellent scorer on drive and in transition

Weaknesses: Overall defensive game

Grade: A-minus

The back of the class...

Nolan Smith

Strengths: Willing passer and defender

Weaknesses: Poor shooter, poor ballhandler, prone to turnovers

Grade: D

Victor Claver

Strengths: Can shoot with range and run the court Weaknesses: Court savvy; has shot poorly

Grade: D

Joel Freeland

Strengths: Good hands, can shoot to mid-range

Weaknesses: Slow and overpowered defensively at times, has shot poorly

Grade: D

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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