Injuries, an unexpected retirement and underperformance derailed the Portland Trail Blazers' 2011-12 season.
The Blazers hope to get back on track and force themselves into the playoff picture in 2012-13 with the help of two lottery picks. Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard will certainly be integral parts of any major success the Blazers hope to achieve in the upcoming NBA season.
This campaign looks to be an uphill battle for Portland, but the team is not completely devoid of talent. LaMarcus Aldridge, Nic Batum and Damian Lillard could be the beginning to a very talented core, one capable of making multiple deep playoff runs.
Here are 10 realistic expectations you should have for the Trail Blazers this season.