|Point Guard||Damian Lillard||Mo Williams||Earl Watson||Terrel Harris|
|Shooting Guard||Wesley Matthews||C.J. McCollum||Allen Crabbe|
|Small Forward||Nicolas Batum||Dorell Wright||Victor Claver||Will Barton|
|Power Forward||LaMarcus Aldridge||Thomas Robinson|
|Center||Robin Lopez||Meyers Leonard||Joel Freeland|
PROJECTED STATISTICS (via espn.go.com)
LaMarcus Aldridge: .492 FG%, .808 FT%, 0.0 3PM, 8.8 RPG, 2.5 AST, 0.9 STL, 1.1 BLK, 21.4 PPG
Damian Lillard: .429 FG%, .844 FT%, 2.2 3PM, 3.0 RPG, 6.2 AST, 0.9 STL, 0.2 BLK, 18.3 PPG
Nicolas Batum: .434 FG%, .847 FT%, 2.3 3PM, 5.5 RPG, 4.8 AST, 1.2 STL, 1.1 BLK, 14.7 PPG
Wesley Matthews: .433 FG%, .822 FT%, 2.3 3PM, 3.0 RPG, 2.2 AST, 1.3 STL, 0.2 BLK, 14.9 PPG
Robin Lopez: .522 FG%, .764 FT%, 0.0 3PM, 5.3 RPG, 0.7 AST, 0.4 STL, 1.4 BLK, 10.3 PPG
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While the team has good young pieces the West is just too deep for the Blazers to enter into the discussion of playoffs in 2014. In a few seasons, that could easily change. While the starting five has good pieces, Lopez is probably the biggest concern. Hence why the team acquired young Meyers Leonard, but as we have all heard before, it takes time for big men to achieve success in the NBA. Could the team surprise and challenge for a playoff spot in 2014, absolutely, its dependent on the progression of Lillard entering his second season in the NBA.
In fantasy terms, Lillard, Aldridge and Batum as all quality choices and should be drafted in all fantasy terms. While Lillard is the logical choice as a keeper for most teams after his rookie season. Don’t miss out on C.J. McCollum, Meyers Leonard or Thomas Robinson in deeper leagues.