Trail Blazers at a glance

Updated: October 26, 2004, 12:47 PM ET
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Fantasy tip
Zach Randolph
Only four players put up 20 and 10 last year. Some names: Big Ticket (Tim Duncan), Big Fundamental (Shaq) and ... Big Zach.

Portland's blazing a trail right into the lottery.

With two old, undersized point guards (Nick Van Exel, Damon Stoudamire), two 'Lemme outta here' forwards (Ruben Patterson, Shareef Abdur-Rahim) and a perimeter guy with a Team USA jumper (Darius Miles), not even someone as strong as Zach Randolph can lift this outfit above .500 in the West.

Of course, they're also a trade away from a division title.

Roster analysis
The starters: The trade winds say, 'What you see is not what you're going to get.'
Pos. Player Comment Grade*
PF Zach Randolph A beast underneath who now knocks down the 15-footer 8
SF Shareef Abdur-Rahim Off the bench and onto the trading block 7
C Theo Ratliff Led league in blocks the past two seasons 7
SG Derek Anderson Gets a lot of minutes for someone who doesn't produce 6
PG Damon Stoudamire Vet warms a spot for Cheeks fave Sebastian Telfair 6
BENCH Patterson, Van Exel, Miles, Joel Przybilla and Qyntel Woods (if he can get out of the doghouse) make a nice starting five. 7
*-out of 10