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Is Portland In Reality A Top 5 Team?

This is something that will be totally slept on going into next season. Portland had double digit players missing significant amounts of time due to injury, including their number 1 option Brandon Roy missed more than 10 games in the regular season and is currently trying to play on one leg in the playoffs with another injury. It is safe to assume that if Portland was just 50 to 60% healthier this past season, they would have won AT LEAST 5 more games. That would have put them in the conversation for the best record in the West!!! This is an easy guarantee: Portland will be way healthier next season and will be a top 5 Western Conference seed as a result.


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they finished 6th while not

they finished 6th while not healthy, so i think top 5 if healthy is maybe an understatement. The better question would be can they be the best in the west.

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I meant top 5 in the whole LEAGUE. Sorry I didn't make that more clear.

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Coming into the season I

Coming into the season I thought they were going to be the 3 seed at WORST. Adding Miller and almost every player in their rotation was still young and improving at a rapid pace, I had high hopes for them. It's amazing they were able to finish where they did, which probably proves they are a top 5 team

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absolutely they can be top 5

absolutely they can be top 5 if healthy. If healthy, the biggest question is how they dole out minutes to all those guys. McMilans biggest task would be keeping ego's in check. And even if oden only played 15 minutes off the bench, he would be better then gortat, and thats a worst case scenario.

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There are some chemistry

There are some chemistry issues there between Roy and Oden though. A lot of people assumed it was Miller who Roy was having trouble meshing with earlier in the season, but it was really with Oden. For the first time, Portland was dumping the ball down low to a player. McMillian is going to have his hands full developing chemisty and finding a legit rotation next season IF everyone is healthy.

I do think they're a top five team though IF they're healthy. I mean, the squad is loaded.

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they're absolutley a top

they're absolutley a top five team, with aldridge roy miller and camby thats an amazing lineup. The best part about that is that now they don't have to depend on oden being healthy, he can come off the bench. Their bench is pretty deep with bayless getting a lot better and having a couple veterns helps also. They also have young talent as of dante cunningham and jeff pendergraph

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PG - Miller SG- Roy SF-

PG - Miller
SG- Roy
SF- Batum
PF - Aldridge
C - Oden

bench
pg- bayless
sg- fernandez
sf- webster
pf- camby
c- pryzbilla

overall, most solid team in the NBA

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Switch Camby with Oden, and

Switch Camby with Oden, and you're right on point. Camby will be starting.

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i'm really high on Batum. i

i'm really high on Batum. i think this kid is going to be better than many people think and i hope Oden will make a full recovery. this blazers team can definetly be a top 5 team. i see them doing battle for the top spot in the west with the thunder for the next 5-10 years

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Portland is built to win in

Portland is built to win in the regular season, not the playoffs. They have a lot of nice players, which is why they were able to withstand injuries so well. That and the fact that they were able to get Marcus Camby for a bag of balls. It doesn't improve their odds of winning a title. It is all about Oden. If he is healthy and turns into one of the elite centers in the league, they can win. If not, they won't. Take a look at what an incredibly deep team is doing for Dallas in the playoffs. They are in a big time battle with a Spurs squad that doesn't have anywhere near the depth, but in the playoffs where there are no back-to-backs it does not matter.

Top five in the NBA? Yeesh.

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They definitely need to make

They definitely need to make a couple of moves. There's just no way that they can give everyone the playing time that they want/deserve for their talent level. I think the first person to go is Rudy. Earlier in the season, he was complaining about playing time. He finally got some after Roy went down, but he hasn't shown up and proved that he deserved what he asked for. If he wants to be the man, then maybe he should go back to Europe. But if he wants to remain in the NBA, he should either get his ego in check or find a different team and revitalize himself.

Webster and Batum are excellent pieces. They can knock down open jumpers and they're good perimeter defenders. Neither one of them need a lot of touches to have an impact on the game.

Bayless is a great spark plug off the bench. He's very quick, possesses underrated strength, and can knock down pull-up jumpers. His short arms hurt him on the defensive end, but he'll be able to defend people straight up by using his lateral quickness. He could be a great player if he continues to learn how to play point guard.

Oden has all the potential in the world, but he just hasn't been able to stay healthy. It's as if his bones and joints match his appearance, making them more susceptible to breaking and tearing. He's had more than his fair share of injuries, and Durant doing so much so early in his career isn't helping G.O.'s case at all.

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That trade for Camby was

That trade for Camby was brilliant, by moving Blake it made Miller the clear starter and stopped the mess at PG. What were the Clippers thinking really?
Also Camby added much needed rebounding, size and defense at the Center spot.
Top 5 next year definately.

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They are easily the deepest

They are easily the deepest team in the NBA. In terms of talent they are a top 5 team. Alot of the guys on their team's bench could be solid starters for other organizations. The fact that they are a 6th seed with the amount of injuries they have had shows just how much talent they really have. I wonder at times if they're too deep, so deep that you can delay development and get guys frustrated by not giving guys minutes. That is a concern I'd have if I was apart of the middle and top level of their organization. Making sure egos are checked at the door.

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They could be a top 5 team

They could be a top 5 team but i think for that to happen they need Oden to stay healthy most of the year and live up to at least some of his potential.
I think this is what the top 5 teams are gonna look like next year

1. Cavs
2. Lakers
3. Magic
4. Hawks
5. Thunder

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Is camby actually going to

Is camby actually going to be back next year? i feel like he or pryzbilla will be gone this offseason

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Of course Camby will be back

Of course Camby will be back he signed an extension.
Pryzbilla they'll probably pass on and hope Oden comes back.

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They are probably going to

They are probably going to be a top 5 team next year. With all the possible off season moves, teams like the Cavs and Hawks might not even have star players anymore, and the Celtics, Spurs, and Lakers aren't getting any younger. Blazers have mad talent and a solid group of vets to go along with their up and comers. Great balance to a great team, easily a top contender.

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they are scary. they have

they are scary. they have been demolished by injuries all year and still have the 6 seed in the west. Roy is a legit mvp candidate and aldridge has grown into being a main option instead of a number 2 with this series. Camby has come in and has been playing like he did in denver. Also when Oden was healthy this year in his last 10 games he averaged a double doube in about 25 minutes a game. Pryzbilla is no push over either at center.

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If you write it all down on

If you write it all down on paper, then yes, they are good. But in reality can you keep all of the happy? Camby, Pryzbilla and Oden at Centre. How do you share those minutes, because Aldridge will play 35-40 minutes at forward. I think they are behind the Lakers, Cavs, Mavs, Magic and Nuggets.

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Pryzbilla won't be healthy

Pryzbilla won't be healthy until December, and that's at the earliest. It's going to take him some time to get back on the court and who knows how many minutes he'll be able to play. I think there's a very good chance he'll get moved as an expiring contract.

I don't see there being a minutes clog in the paint. Camby can play both power forward and center. If Oden continues to get in foul trouble, he could see 20-25 minutes per game.

Depending on what Rudy Fernandez decides to do this summer, the minutes problem will still be on the wing. That's where McMillian will have his hands full the most. Trying to find out how to get Bayless, Fernandez and Webster minutes.

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btph

he hit it right on the money. this team is really good but when they have to beat 1 team 4 times in a week span they dont really have the personnel. b roy is a second tier star meaning i dont think he is a number 1 option on a championship team. oden is a key to this team though. if he can get 10 and 10 and 2 this team could get to the wc finals but i dont think this team can win with this roster. and as far as batum, this site had him compared to rudy gay. many people knew he could be a special player but when he was drafted he was a young euro player with just upside. i think if he was from america and played a year or two of college ball, he would have been a lotto pick.

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btph

he hit it right on the money. this team is really good but when they have to beat 1 team 4 times in a week span they dont really have the personnel. b roy is a second tier star meaning i dont think he is a number 1 option on a championship team. oden is a key to this team though. if he can get 10 and 10 and 2 this team could get to the wc finals but i dont think this team can win with this roster. and as far as batum, this site had him compared to rudy gay. many people knew he could be a special player but when he was drafted he was a young euro player with just upside. i think if he was from america and played a year or two of college ball, he would have been a lotto pick.

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