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[Podcast] Predicting Team Awards for the Trail Blazers

Tara, Cassidy and Lindsay discuss which players will stand out among their peers and then make wagers on who will be the “first to fifty.”

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Join Tara, Cassidy and Blazer’s Edge editor Lindsay as they predict which Portland Trail Blazers will stand out among their teammates. We expect Damian Lillard will be the MVP, but who will be the sixth man of the year for the Blazers? Will it be someone who brings energy off the bench, or someone whose technical proficiency means he’s reliable? Who will be most improved? A young player who finally gets the opportunity, or an older vet whose improvement impacts winning the most?

We wonder who is going to contribute big time in the community the season, who will replace Evan Turner as class clown, and who will impress with his fashion sense?

From Anfernee Simons to Zach Collins, we discuss how we think players will contribute this season. Then we play “First to 50” in which we predict who will be first to reach 50 in various box score stats.

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1:00 Made up headlines from opening night

4:00 Award Predictions

5:00 Who will be the 6th man for the Blazers

11:00 Most improved player

15:30 Defensive player of the year

19:00 Community Assist award

22:30 Class Clown

24:30 Best Dressed (note on Zach Collins’ mustache)

27:30 Which recently departed Blazer will have the best year with his new team?

30:00 Favorite player who was never a Blazer to watch?

34:00 First to 50

40:00 2020 Trail Blazers Playlist addition: Can’t Hold Us, Macklemore ft. Ryan Lewis

First to 50

Here are our predictions about who will be first to 50. Let us know your picks!

Who Will Be The First to Get 50 . . .

Category Cassidy Lindsay Tara
Category Cassidy Lindsay Tara
Assists McCollum Lillard Lillard
Personal Fouls Collins Zach Whiteside
Points in a game Lillard McCollum Lillard
Blocks Collins Collins Whiteside
Rebounds Whiteside Whiteside Whiteside
Steals Bazemore Bazemore Bazemore
Dunks Whiteside Whiteside Whiteside


Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @Corvallisonian

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Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

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