We're 13-2. Last time I checked, that's a Pac-12 championship, a game away from a #1 seed in the NFL playoffs, and a pretty darn good start to an NBA season. If this were football, this "Cinderella team" would be close to capping off an impressive season in which their completely revamped roster came out and dominated just about everyone on their way to (or at least close to) a championship. However, because we're only about 20% of the way through our season and have a lot of basketball left to play, many are still hesitant to include this Blazers team in the upper echelon of contenders. It's a very weird spot to be in as a fan. We're tied for the 2nd best record out of 30 teams at the 1/5 mark in the season - and yet we're still feeling uncertain and undefined, in a way. Many say that it takes a bit more of a body of work - of sustained success - and perhaps some post season success to establish a team as "contender". Some say that we have to play more quality opponents before we can change the narrative. Some say that it's a personnel thing - and we need that "3rd star" - regardless of our record. I'm not here to promote or refute any of these ideas. I honestly have NO idea at which point I'll feel confident in the "arrival" of this team. Thus, the reason for this post. It's a very simple question....what will it take? What will it take for you (or the national media, or anyone really) to label this team as having "arrived" in that top tier as a "contender". Do we have to wait until the end of the year? Do we have to wait 'til after the post season? Will there be a time at some point, in the middle of the season, where the label shifts from "over-achieving" to "arrived"?
What will it take?