Amidst their all-inclusive 30-team marathon of NBA previews, SBNation’s Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller examine the Portland Trail Blazers and what it will take for the franchise to return to relevance. A new genesis wrought by free agent exodus has left a team of mostly fresh faces looking for direction. The following is an excerpt from the Flannery/Ziller back-and-forth on the matter:
FLANNERY: […] The key appears to be Noah Vonleh. No one really knows what to make of him after a wasted rookie season in Charlotte and one year of college. If he's the goods, they're on their way. If he's merely decent or serviceable, they've got a much longer climb in front of them. That's a lot to put on a 20-year-old with barely 250 minutes on his resume. The rest of the additions range from enigmatic to intriguing. If nothing else, this might finally the year we get a true sense of Ed Davis.