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Which Trail Blazers Have the Most to Prove This Summer?

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After an up-and-down season in Portland, several members of the Blazers organization face a summer of reckoning.

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On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Kendyl Bennett and Isaiah De Los Santos of Blazer’s Edge bring in a new and fresh perspective with grizzled veterans Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang. On the slate this week: coaching carousels, biggest surprises and disappointments, making the right decisions in free agency, debate the finer points of Iso vs team basketball, styles of playmaking, making improvements in the offseason, who has the most to prove.

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Intro

Guests

Kendyl Bennett and Isaiah De Los Santos

Coaching circles and vacancies

The coaches are coming, the coaches are coming

Is it good that the Portland assistants’ names are out there

Reading the tea leaves around Terry Stotts

If an assistant leaves is that a signal that Stotts is on his way out

Sweeping changes? What sweeping changes?

Biggest surprises and biggest disappointments this season

Maurice Harkless and CJ McCollum

Jusuf Nurkic and the ups and downs

Two years later, the Blazers still don’t know who the 3rd option is

Who has the most to prove next year and how do they do it?

Nurkic and making the right decisions

CJ McCollum, rounding out his game

Isolation scoring vs Team scoring

How do the Blazers evolve from one to the other

The differences in playmaking between Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum

If you’re the GM, what’s your first priority on Day 1 of free agency

The ghosts of 2016, will they haunt this free agency period

If you had to pick, would you rather be in Portland’s position or the OKC

With the Blazers season over, what or who are you watching in NBA now

Closing comments

Outro