Biggest Needs for Portland Trail Blazers During 2014 Offseason

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Biggest Needs for Portland Trail Blazers During 2014 Offseason
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After finishing 16 games below .500 in 2012-13, the Portland Trail Blazers blossomed during the 2013-14 season under the guidance of offensive dynamos LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard

The duo helped craft the Blazers into a top-five offense, one that scored 111.5 points per 100 possessions, according to Basketball-Reference, and helped the team finish with its first 50-plus win season since 2009-10. 

With a final record of 54-28, the Blazers captured second-place honors in the Northwest Division before bouncing the Houston Rockets from the playoffs in the first round thanks to Lillard's heroics

Although the San Antonio Spurs wound up dismissing the Blazers from the postseason in five games in the second round, Portland advanced to the conference semifinals for the first time since 2000. 

So now that the Blazers are officially on the map, how can they keep the good times rolling? 

In the following slides we've broken down the team's most pressing needs entering this summer, several of which are personnel-related, although a few are tactical in nature. 

 

 

 

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