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Blazers Holding Steady in NBA Power Rankings

Portland isn’t great, but they’re better than some.

Portland Trail Blazers v Cleveland Cavaliers Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images

With a 6-12 record, the Portland Trail Blazers aren’t exactly setting the world on fire. They aren’t burning it down either. Instead, in Bleacher Report’s latest NBA Power Rankings, Portland is holding steady in the 27th spot.

Author Andy Bailey writes:

It still seems all but certain that the Portland Trail Blazers will wind up in the lottery, but they just wrapped up a 2-1 week that included road wins over the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers and a competitive loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

And even if stretches like these are short-lived, they could pay dividends for the Blazers between now and February’s trade deadline.

Surely, a couple months from now, teams will be willing to part with assets for a guard like Malcolm Brogdon (17.7 points and 6.4 assists) or a multipositional forward such as Jerami Grant (22.8 points and 2.7 threes, with a 43.0 three-point percentage).

While this is a little bit like saying you’re taking a date to the club only to watch them leave with the DJ, it’s still better than flat-out condemnation, I guess. That’s reserved for the “borderline disastrous” Detroit Pistons, who come in 30th with a 2-17 record. The San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards also rank below the Blazers at 29th and 28th, respectively. The 14-4 Boston Celtics lead the list, followed by the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76’ers.