The Portland Trail Blazers are winding towards the end of Preseason, 2017. Games against the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, and Sacramento Kings have revealed the strengths and weaknesses of Portland’s lineup. Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic are sure-fire starters, but who will occupy the other top rotation spots. That’s the subject of this special, two-part Blazer’s Edge Mailbag.
How will the rotation flow? I believe Aminu should start @ 3, which gives us swan, meyers or davis @ 4. I have a feeling that swan might simply wind up starting cus he is to good not too. He may give em no choice with good play. It's put up or shut meyers, cus Davis can hold down backup center? Do you think nape will be 1st guy off bench to rest guards as I feel he has earned the chance.
Before I take a stab at sorting all this out, I want to throw it to you, our readers. I’m curious to read your opinions on Portland’s rotation throughout the day. I’ll provide my answer tomorrow morning in a follow-up post, perhaps using your comments for inspiration.
Here are the questions at hand:
- Which two players earn the starting forward spots and why? (Not just why each qualifies individually, but why they make sense together, matched with Nurkic, Lillard, and McCollum.)
- Who is the first player off of Portland’s bench and why?
- Which player becomes the primary reserve at point guard and why?
Take a stab at it and let’s see who ends up closest.
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