For the seventh year in the row, ESPN’s Zach Lowe has ranked each team’s watchability on any given night.
After being ranked 9th in last year’s standings, the Trail Blazers find themselves still in the top-half of the league at 12th. Lowe cites Portland’s star backcourt as the top reason to tune in:
Damian Lillard transforms into fire incarnate for at least one two-week period every season. C.J. McCollum is one of the league’s slipperiest ball-handlers, with an endless arsenal of floaters and pull-ups. Only Klay Thompson snaps from full sprint into a straight up-and-down shooting motion with more instant precision.
Lowe also notes that the team’s response to last season’s playoff sweep embarrassment will be interesting to watch:
It will be fascinating to see how Portland responds to last season’s first-round obliteration. The Blazers are saying all the right things, but that was not a normal sweep. That was the kind of sweep that can expose every underlying tension. Zach Collins’ ability to fill the Ed Davis void will be a swing factor.
Just ahead of Portland in the rankings are two Western Conference foes: New Orleans and Utah.
The entire list and criteria for the rankings can be found at ESPN.