Portland Trail Blazers: Playing Survivor with the Current Group of Blazers

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Portland Trail Blazers: Playing Survivor with the Current Group of Blazers
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A once-promising season will end with a second straight lottery appearance for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Playoffs were once discussed after the Blazers took down the Miami Heat, 92-90, on national television on Jan. 10. Portland stood at a season-high five games over .500 at 20-15. Since then, it's been a downward spiral as the Blazers have gone a disappointing 13-27.

There have been several bright spots, most notably the emergence of point guard Damian Lillard as the front-runner for the Rookie of the Year award. LaMarcus Aldridge has turned in another All-Star season, and Nicolas Batum proved worthy of his big contract signed last offseason.

With that said, Portland has many glaring weaknesses it has to address, mainly its bench. According to HoopsStats.com, the Blazers have the worst scoring bench unit in the NBA at just 17.7 points per game—nearly 10 points less than the next worst team, Indiana (26.3).

With significant changes expected this summer, who should stay and who should go heading into next season? Let's see who should survive the cut for the Blazers next year.

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