3 Reasons Terry Stotts Era Will Get off to Good Start for Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers recently hired Terry Stotts to be the franchise's next head coach. Stotts will be looking to reverse the fortunes of a team that slumped to a 28-38 record in 2011-12.
With a career losing record, some Blazers fans may be unsure how they feel about the hiring of Stotts.
However, here are three reasons why the Terry Stotts era will indeed get off to a good start for Portland this season.
For the better part of the past decade, the Trail Blazers have been one of the most methodical and predictable offenses in the NBA.
Just last season, franchise cornerstone LaMarcus Aldridge grumbled about his lack of touches within the offense.
If you're Portland, you have to do everything you can to keep a guy like Aldridge happy. He's your best player, and it's not even close.
The Stotts hiring should do wonders to fix the predictability of the Blazers offense and open up the court even more.
According to Joe Freeman of the Oregonian, he has already promised to bring a more lively and loose version of basketball to the Pacific Northwest.
That can only be good news for frustrated Blazers fans that are sick of relatively boring offense.
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Sure, the history isn't great, but at least Stotts has coached an NBA game before.
The University of Oklahoma alum will be charged with rebuilding a team that will be one of the league's youngest in 2012-13.
Not the easiest situation, but one that I think Stotts will do his best to make work and reverse the fortunes of this once-proud franchise.
According to Jason Quick of the Oregonian, one of Stotts' former players had some good things to say about his tenure with the Hawks from 2002-2004.
"I thought he was really good in a tough situation for us," said Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who was the leading scorer in Atlanta under Stotts. "He's a smart guy, really bright, prepared, organized. And as far as teaching and explaining, he was really, really good. But the main thing was, he would find creative ways of putting guys in position to succeed."
As Abdur-Rahim mentioned, the guy has a high basketball IQ and should eventually find some success with the Blazers, especially if he can put that creativity to good use with certain guys.
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It may seem strange to include a rookie on this list, but Damian Lillard isn't exactly your everyday rookie.
His pure scoring ability and court vision make him someone who could enjoy a ton of success in the NBA over the next decade.
Coming from a small school like Weber St. means that some may not have heard of this kid, but you will soon enough especially if he performs like he is expected to do so this season.
Lillard has the potential to be something special, and in Stotts' offensive system, he could flourish immediately if given substantial playing time.