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Portland Has More Potential On Defensive End

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated provides an anonymous scout preview focused on the team’s newfound depth.

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According to anonymous scouts from around the league, the depth of the Portland Trail Blazers is what stands out in the upcoming season, reports Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated. The additions of Robert Covington and Derrick Jones Jr. helped considerably, and the potential for growth on defense is significant.

Portland got a lot deeper. And they became more athletic with [Robert] Covington and [Derrick] Jones. Covington will guard three’s and fours. That allows them to play smaller. They can keep Zach Collins away from being a power forward. It’s more suited to way games are being played. I can see Covington being helpful in guarding an Anthony Davis. Zach is just going to get in foul trouble against a guy like that. Jones is flashy. They need someone athletic like him to create a little havoc when he comes in the game. He’s a Swiss army knife kind of player. If Gary Trent can develop into a tough physical defender who can play the 2–3, who can guard physical guys, he can be really good. With Rodney Hood getting healthy, Zach healthy, that’s a pretty deep team. Kanter will help with the rebounding and he’s in a system he’s familiar with.

You can read all of the anonymous scout previews here.