Predicted Finish For Portland Trail Blazers: 2009-10
ANALYST COMMENT PREDICTIONS
J.A. Adande, ESPN.com | Adande's picksThey "settled" for Andre Miller when he's the type of player they should have targeted all along; great fit for this "old-acting" young team. Time for this crew -- especially Greg Oden -- to deliver on its potential.
Jon Barry, ESPN | Barry's picksThey are ready to take that next step. They need Oden to be a defensive force. They don't need him to score, just rebound and play defense. I love Aldridge and Roy, and with the addition of Miller, they are ready to contend.
Chris Broussard, ESPN Mag | Broussard's picksOden will be greatly improved, and Andre Miller will form a formidable backcourt tandem with Roy. Not yet a team that can win the West, but it can certainly win the Northwest.
Chad Ford, ESPN.com | Ford's picksThe Blazers are coming off a fantastic season that ended in disappointment. But not to worry. This young team is rapidly gaining experience and confidence. The addition of Miller combined with the emergence of a more confident (and healthy) Oden should put them among the elite.
Jemele Hill, ESPN.com Page 2 | Hill's picksIf Nate McMillan starts Steve Blake over Andre Miller, he's not the coach I thought he was. That's no disrespect to Blake, but Miller could have a Billups-like effect if given the reins. Either way, it's tme for the Blazers to graduate from being known as that rising young team in the West.
John Hollinger, ESPN.com | Hollinger's picksPlayoff flop was a bummer, but young Blazers were West's second-best team at the end of the regular season. Now they've added Miller and a full offseason for Oden. If anyone can challenge L.A., it's these guys.
Jalen Rose, ESPN | Rose's picksOden will need to develop into an anchor who can stay out of foul trouble. He has to contest every shot and go after every rebound. Roy is the third-best SG in the game -- behind Kobe and Wade. Aldridge has All-Star potential.
Chris Sheridan, ESPN.com | Sheridan's picksThe longer the season goes with the Blake-Miller timeshare in place, the more they'll rue that July day when Hedo bolted on them. Oden looked spry at Team USA camp, and when was the last time anybody said "Oden looked spry"?
Marc Stein, ESPN.com | Stein's picksEven if Andre Miller's transition to Portland was super smooth, I'd still hesitate to say this team will automatically take the next step. Moving up a level from where the Blazers were last season is one of the hardest steps.
David Thorpe, ESPN.com | Thorpe's picksNo team has a better starter/backup tandem at the point guard and center spots. Now, can Miller and Blake, and the coach, get along? Oden looks ready to be a beast. Last season's playoff loss to Houston should provide plenty of reference points for this season.
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