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The Blazers don't have a huge amount of untapped talent on the bench, but there's enough there to be intrigued.
Rookie guard C.J. McCollum played in only 38 games this season, missing time with a broken left foot. By the time he officially joined the team for his debut, it was well and truly past the time for him to adjust. His first game was on Jan. 8, though he never had the chance to break into the rotation and make an impact.
After being drafted No. 10 overall last season, he's expected to blossom into a talented guard for the Blazers. McCollum will have a better chance next season, with a fresh bill of health and the ability to get started earlier on.
Portland's coaching staff needs to do everything to help him along though, in order to ensure his confidence remains high. McCollum averaged 0.7 points on 0.09 percent in 4.0 minutes per game during his debut postseason; hence it's vital he comes into next season with the belief he'll be successful.
The Blazers also have forward Thomas Robinson on board, who was taken No. 5 overall in the 2012 NBA draft. He's bounced to three teams since then, including Portland, and has yet to start a single game for his career.
He's an athletic big man, averaging 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 12.5 minutes during the season. He has a tendency to foul often, with 2.1 fouls per 11.1 minutes in the playoffs. That's a central reason behind his limited playing time, but it's a fixable component of his game.
The Blazers are without any draft picks in the upcoming draft, with their selections referred to the Charlotte Hornets and the Denver Nuggets. As such, Portland can focus on developing talent that is already on the roster.
Guard Will Barton showed promise in the playoffs, putting up 6.4 points on 50 percent shooting in 11.6 minutes. He's an athletic cutter and shooter but offers little else on that end of the floor. Center Meyers Leonard is another prospect the Blazers have in tow, although he's been limited thus far.
He was taken No. 11 in the 2012 draft and has great size at 7'1" and 245 pounds. Leonard played just 8.9 minutes per game during the season, averaging 2.5 points and 2.8 rebounds with 1.9 fouls.
Barton and Leonard do not have to become spectacular players, but they need to develop a little further to be useful to the team. McCollum and Robinson have already shown flashes; they just need to be more consistent.
And that comes with experience.