The 2021-22 NBA season has been open for almost ten days now, which means the Portland Trail Blazers and 29 other franchises are getting a look at the initial power rankings for the new year. Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report is one of the first writers out of the gate, and he’s a bit bullish on the Blazers, though not enough to rank them much above their current 2-2 record.
Of the Blazers, Bailey says:
Early returns from the Portland Trail Blazers’ Chauncey Billups era have felt a bit like a roller coaster. In their second game of the season, they beat the Phoenix Suns by 29. Then, they lost by 30 to the Los Angeles Clippers. And finally, on Wednesday, the Blazers bounced back with a 20-point home win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
So, which team is Portland? Of course, it’s too early to say definitively, but history suggests Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum will make the Blazers, at the very least, competitive. The fact that they’re 2-0 with Damian Lillard shooting 33.3 percent from the field suggests they’ll be headed in the right direction in no time. Lillard will undoubtedly be better.
He also credits Portland’s bench with having potential.
We’ll update this post as more rankings become available.