After some decisive moves in the offseason, it is natural to review what to look forward to in the upcoming season, and Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report suggests that for the Portland Trail Blazers, it is the addition of Robert Covington as well as the heart of the franchise in Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic.
The Obvious Choices: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic
During Jusuf Nurkic’s three-plus seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, they’re plus-7.6 points per 100 possessions when he shares the floor with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum (that backcourt combo is plus-1.8 without Nurk).
As long as that well-balanced trio is on the floor, Portland will be tough to outscore.
The Under-the-Radar Choice: Robert Covington
The Blazers landing Robert Covington was one of this offseason’s most underrated moves. He would fit just about anywhere in the league, but that’s especially true of him in Portland.
He can defend all over the floor, protect the rim a little bit and shoots more than enough threes to force opposing 4s to follow him around the perimeter.
Over the last five seasons, Covington is 13th in the league in three-point attempts per game.
You can read the rest of Bailey’s picks here.