Batum Sees Big Year for Blazers

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Batum Sees Big Year for Blazers
Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

This year, the top five teams in the Western Conference were Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver, Memphis and the L.A. Clippers, but breakout Portland Trail Blazers swingman Nicolas Batum seems confident that list will look a little different next season. “This year we showed we could beat good teams. We beat New York. We beat Miami. We beat Memphis,” Batum said in his exit interview in Portland this week. “But then we lost against Sacramento, Detroit, Washington. If we focus, have a good training camp, and don't do the same mistakes we made this year, it won't be crazy if we're in the top five in the Western Conference next year.”

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