The Portland Trail Blazers’ frontcourt rotation has changed significantly since February 21st, when Enes Kanter first took the floor in a Blazers uniform. Meyers Leonard and Zach Collins have been relegated to warm-ups. Kanter has eaten their minutes and garnered praise while doing so; Portland is undefeated since his arrival.
In his weekly “10 Things I Like (and Don’t Like) About the NBA” column, ESPN writer Zach Lowe suggests that Collins, at least, may make a reappearance, and that the shift in strategy for Head Coach Terry Stotts goes far beyond the frontcourt. After praising Kanter’s scoring ability, Lowe notes:
Terry Stotts’ faith in five-man bench mobs has wavered; he now often keeps one of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum on the floor for entire games, or limits all-bench time to only two or three minutes.
With one star on the court, Collins will be a better fit than Kanter in some matchups. He’s a better shooter, and a much more reliable and versatile defender.
Our own Ryne Buchanan also wrote this week about how Collins could see an on-court resurrection before summer.