When the 2008-2009 NBA season began, nobody was really sure what to expect from the Portland Trailblazers. Thoughts were scattered as many thought they would either be a true contender or an overrated underachiever.
The smooth Brandon Roy led his team to unknown territory, after an All-Star season, Roy was about to get his very first taste of the NBA Playoffs. The No. 4 seed in the Western Conference belonged to the Trailblazers. If only they knew what danger laid ahead of them.
Roy and company ran into a determined Houston Rockets team, that was down two All-Stars (Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady), the Rockets had something to prove. Led by Ron Artest, the Rockets forced Portland to bow out in six games, and devastated Roy's hope of a deep playoff run.
Next came the 2009 off-season and along with it a multitude of targets that the Portland management had hoped to bring in.
Then, they finally were able to address a much needed area in their backcourt, by signing steady point guard Andre Miller. Without Miller they would have already been competitors, he increases their chances and pushes them to the level of true title contenders.
Roy will enter the 2009-2010 season with a fierce hunger to return to the playoffs, and hopefully his young and very talented teammates will join him.
A starting five with limitless potential, filled with Miller, Roy, forwards Nicolus Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge, and—depending on his health—defensive power Greg Oden.
Even with the loss of Channing Frye signing with Phoenix, the Blazers bench is still filled with hungry, talented, and erratic offensive threats. Rudy Fernandez, Travis Outlaw, Jarryd Bayless, and Martell Webster round out a solid bench.
Roy entered the league as NBA ready, and has continued to prove how good he is throughout the past few seasons. Now the only question is; can Roy take his game to the next level and lead his team to unknown waters, such as the NBA Finals?
As October gets closer, his chance to do so draws nearer. 2010 can be the year that Roy does the impossible, lead Portland to an NBA Title.