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Blazers Improve In CBS Power Rankings

Portland moved up a spot thanks to the contributions of Robert Covington and Derrick Jones Jr.

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The Portland Trail Blazers ranked twelfth on CBS Sports’ latest power rankings, according to analyst Colin Ward-Henninger. This installment came after a couple of preseason games, and these games showed what most teams’ rosters will look like this upcoming season.

The Blazers rose one spot from the previous list, and Ward-Henninger attributed this rise to the improved defense provided by the acquisitions of Robert Covington and Derrick Jones Jr. this offseason.

Finally healthy with a revamped wing rotation featuring Robert Covington and Derrick Jones Jr., the Blazers appear to have surrounded Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic with the necessary pieces to get back into the top half of the Western Conference after a down 2019-20 season. Carmelo Anthony should be instant offense off the bench, while Gary Trent Jr. will look to build off of his strong bubble performance to become a key contributor. If Portland ends up with a No. 3 or No. 4 seed, Lillard will likely be at the top of the MVP conversation.

The Blazers were ranked just ahead of the Dallas Mavericks, and behind the Golden State Warriors in this final installment before the beginning of the season.

To read the full power rankings by CBS Sports, click here.