The Portland Trail Blazers have a good problem that could potentially present some complications. In a locker room clear of the usual issues that come to mind when we hear the word "problem" -- hurt egos, immaturity, lack of alignment, etc. -- it turns out that what Blazers fans have long pined for may instead burn them: depth.
Long-time Blazer's Edge reader Jonah Willbach submitted the following suggested minutes per game breakdown to us (of a possible 240 minutes per game):
- Damian Lillard: 36 mpg
- C.J. McCollum: 36
- Evan Turner: 30
- Al-Farouq Aminu: 30
- Allen Crabbe: 30
- Festus Ezeli: 24
- Mason Plumlee: 24
- Maurice Harkless, Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard, Noah Vonleh (COMBINED): 30
"In Stotts we trust," right? Portland coach Terry Stotts will surely find a way to get the right guys on the floor at the right time this year, but what if he waved his magic red and black wand making you head coach for a day -- how do you handle the rotations? Do you put a priority only on winning? Leave minutes for development? Carve out time to increase a player's trade value? Run with the best collection of talent, or the best rotations for cohesion?
There's certainly room for debate.