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Trail Blazers Best and Worst Duos So Far May Surprise You

Andy Bailey from SLC Dunk highlights Portland’s strongest and weakest pairing so far this season. Guess who plays on both?

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota Timberwolves Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers bench is having a fine start to the 2018-19 season. Once a weakness across the board, Portland reserves have shown signs of life and given their teammates a much-needed boost on the way to a 10-5 start.

Andy Bailey of sister site SLC Dunk took a look at the best and worst court pairings for all 30 NBA teams and found that the Blazers sported bench players on each end of the spectrum. Witness:

Evan Turner, much maligned prior to this season, has been well-acclaimed for his production and floor generalship this year. Nik Stauskas has also been considered a pleasant surprise off the bench. It’s a little odd to see the two of them paired as the least-productive duo. Turner and Jusuf Nurkic make a bit more sense. It’ll be interesting to see if the data continues in the same direction through the first half of the season.