After a relatively quiet offseason, predicting who will be in the Portland Trail Blazers' starting lineup is like shooting fish in a barrel.
It's an absolute given whose name will be called at each spot on opening night and for every game thereafter, save for injury or illness. The Blazers' starting squad played a total of 1,373 minutes together last season, per NBA.com, trailing only the starters for the Indiana Pacers.
Few moves were made that could potentially omit any of the starters from last season, so it's almost certain we'll see the same lineup.
As such, we can focus on predicting just how each player will fare during the season. With the continued improvement of Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum, the reserve squad growing stronger and the veterans being a year wiser, it'll be interesting to see how the season plays out.
Furthermore, Portland was a team on the rise last season and made an impact in the Western Conference. With a stronger supporting cast and an abundance of star power, the Blazers should follow up last season with one just as good or better.
But I digress. Let's take a look at some predictions for the 2014-15 starting lineup of the Blazers.