Blazers Analysis through Seahawks Prism

How I see the Seattle Seahawks:

  • Pete Carroll centered team culture around competition.
  • Pete Carroll sees players as chess pieces that must be unique with a denominator of toughness and competitiveness.
  • John Schnieder finds undervalued players by identifying unique attributes that translate into an advantage on the field.
  • It fits when Pete and John work in tandem to make sure that the chess pieces fit - meaning they create the chance for a whole that is larger than the sum of its parts.

I believe Paul Allen is directing the same approach to the Blazers.

  • Terry Stotts is a chess piece type coach that will design plays that utilize the strengths of his players. It is difficult to judge if Stotts has been effective in his role as last year the organizational goal was to develop starters.
  • Neil Olshey seems to be focusing on undervalued players while claiming to have identified unique/specific attributes that will translate into an advantage (or at least backstop a disadvantage) when the pieces come together on the court.

Each of these players have specific skill sets.

  • Robin Lopez: Unique skill: Rim protector and post defense. I believe those two specific skills were the most obvious need in terms of improving the synergy of the starting roster. This is not just about adding Robin Lopez. It is also about utilizing the strengths of the other starters. The value added of Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, and Lemarcus Aldridge has increased the value of the roster in the most dramatic way possible.
  • Thomas Robinson: Rebounding, athleticism, and offensive/defensive upside. The homerun swing and synergetic backup to Lemarcus. Most exciting pickup for me because it looks to me like he just needs to see some success and consistency.
  • Dorell Wright: 3pt shooting with enough versatility to see the floor. I see Dorell as a matchup piece. Play him at the right time and you can punish another teams weakness. It is also fair to see him as a guy who can take minutes from Batum if or when he disappears.
  • Earl Watson: Leadership on a team with no less than young four guards. If he aids their development he is well worth his roster spot. If he isn’t (human chemistry is a pseudo-science) than he can be replaced with minimal damage.
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