Friday afternoon, Ben Leibowitz of Mercury News Sports released a ranking of the worst-to-first frontcourts in the entire NBA.
In yet another black eye on the Los Angeles Lakers season, Leibowitz ranks the purple and gold's frontcourt as the worst in the league. While Portland Trail Blazers fans typically delight in the failings of their southern rivals, the Portland frontcourt didn't fare much better.
Frontcourt Trio: Al-Farouq Aminu, Noah Vonleh, Mason Plumlee
Combined 2015-16 Win Shares: 11.3
Combined 2015-16 BPM: -1.0
Win Shares + BPM: 10.3
Portland was pretty clearly better off playing small-ball with Maurice Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu locking down the forward spots, but head coach Terry Stotts let Vonleh start 56 games before making the change. Due to that, Vonleh gets the nod here and significantly docks the Trail Blazers' standing on this list.
Although Vonleh was a disappointment, Aminu was a revelation. The former No. 8 overall pick from 2010 maxed out as a 31.5 percent shooter from deep as a rookie. He never eclipsed even 30 percent shooting in four subsequent seasons. But after joining the Trail Blazers, he shot a career-best 36.1 percent. His evolution into a viable stretch 4, coupled with Mason Plumlee's consistency, carried Portland's frontcourt - which is obviously the team's weakness compared to Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum in the backcourt.
Look for Portland's brass to target frontcourt upgrades in free agency this summer.
Many around the Blazers, media and fans alike, have speculated for weeks, months even, that the Blazers will most likely look to improve their frontcourt. While this list isn't definitive, it does serve as a barometer for how at least one journalist sees the Blazers' frontcourt situation.
To read through Leibowitz's entire piece and his reasoning for each rank, click here.