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Okay, so this is where some folks might disagree with me. On Stotts' watch, LaMarcus Aldridge is turning in an otherworldly season and Damian Lillard is developing into a stud.
But especially in the case of Aldridge, that seems to be more of a mark of his determination rather than coaching.
Sure, Aldridge is being put in a position to succeed, but aside from benching him could any coach really get in the way of his development?
Wesley Matthews and Lopez are also both putting up amazing numbers but those seem to follow more with the trajectories of their respective careers.
The real beef that I have with Stotts in player development is his lack of trust in his bench. He is riding his starters like Seabiscuit and they are starting to show signs of wear and tear. Aldridge has certainly seen his numbers come back down to Earth over the past month.
What has been most alarming has been the fact that he has essentially given up on Meyers Leonard. A lottery pick two years ago, Leonard has become the human victory cigar, ala Darko Milicic in 2004.
C.J. McCollum is another player that has struggled to get consistent minutes and with a scorer like that, he needs to find his rhythm.
But what has been really difficult to watch has been Stotts' refusal to give consistent minutes to Thomas Robinson.
Obviously the last few games he has been absent because of an injury, but before that he really had to beg his way onto the court.
When Aldridge was hurt, Robinson stepped up, even recording a 14 point, 18 rebound performance in one game.
Yet even with a few games of additional minutes, he is still only averaging 11 minutes per game on the season.
For a player with Robinson's potential, the Blazers need to find additional minutes. An added benefit will be to cut down on the minutes of the other big men, in particular Aldridge who is top 10 in the league in minutes per game with 36.6.
For this team to continue to be successful, Stotts has got to find a way to get more out of his young guys.