In the rankings, Royce Young explained that the Blazers’ need to re-tool their roster in order to return to the Western Conference’s top tier.
This was something of a transition year for the Blazers. They dealt with key departures from a group that went to the Western Conference finals, as well as a rash of injuries that put them in a hole to climb out of just to make the playoffs. Their bubble run was rousing but ultimately capped a disappointing season. Continuity has been the hallmark of the Blazers, who’ve retained the same GM, the same coach and the same star. The roster is largely under contract (Hassan Whiteside and Carmelo Anthony are the big offseason questions), but the Blazers will need to make changes if they’re to rise back to the upper tier of the West.
The Blazers finished 2019-20 with a 35-39 record. After qualifying for the postseason during the seeding process in Orlando, Portland was eliminated by Los Angeles in the first round.
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