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Shaedon Sharpe Making Big Impact for Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers would not have gone over .500 without the help of Shaedon Sharpe.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers went 2-1 in their games this week, beating the Indiana Pacers on Monday and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday before falling to the Utah Jazz to end the week.

With a week above .500 for the Blazers, there are plenty of positives to point out. With that being said, the Blazer of the Week is Shaedon Sharpe.

Sharpe started the week off slow with an 11 point performance against the Pacers that came on 4 of 15 shooting from the field. However, his 29 and 25-point games against the Cavaliers and Jazz more than made up for that. Overall, he averaged 21.7 points per game on 48 percent shooting from the field and 44.4 percent from 3-point range.

Sharpe also set a career high in rebounds and recorded his first career double-double in the win over Cleveland. That game he had five turnovers, but Sharpe immediately responded with a zero turnover game in the overtime loss against Utah.

Before these two most recent games, Sharpe found himself in a bit of a slump from both scoring totals and efficiency. However, responding to that brief downtick in performance in a massive way is a good sign for things to come the rest of the season for Sharpe.

Playing alongside two able and willing passers in Malcolm Brogdon and Scoot Henderson has made it so that Sharpe does not have to do much of the heavy lifting when it comes to playmaking. Despite that, Sharpe averaged 5.0 assists per game this week while turning the ball over just seven times total.

As a second year player, there is still plenty of time for growth for Sharpe, and he seems to be taking advantage of that time in a rebuilding year for the Blazers. His defense is an area of his game that is still growing. Sharpe had six steals this week, but also had 13 fouls. The fouls are something he has struggled with most of the season, but that is part of the learning curve for a player who is trying to improve defensively. Despite not recording a block this week, Sharpe has plenty of highlight blocks this season and his insane athleticism makes him always a threat to block something that did not seem possible to block.

The athleticism that Sharpe has makes him a walking highlight reel. His massive dunk late against the Jazz was a great example of how explosive he can be at a moment’s notice.

The honorable mention this week is Malcolm Brogdon.

Since returning from injury, Brogdon has taken back over as the lead facilitator for the Blazers. He averaged 20.0 points and 6.7 assists per game this week and shot 45.5% from the field and 46.7% from deep. His playmaking ability has helped open the game up for others to get good shot attempts and his shooting helps space the floor to allow players like Sharpe and Toumani Camara to penetrate easily.

Which Blazer impressed you the most this week? Let us know in the comments.