Trialblazing Their Way To The Top

John WarrContributor IOctober 2, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 14:  Brandon Roy #7 of the  Portland Trail Blazers shoots a free throw during the game against the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena on November 14, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Hornets defeated the Trail Blazers 87-82.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Trailblazing their way to the top:

'The Future'; The young gold; The completed puzzle. The Portland Trialblazers have established a pretty high profile for themselves in the eyes of NBA fans, viewers, players, and organizations as a whole. The Trailblazers are one of the few teams in the NBA that are only going to getter better as time progresses, they are only going to have better chemistry, we will continuously watch them grow into their primes are break records. They will evolve into possibly one of the best teams in NBA history, that is if they stay as a unit, which I suspect they will.

The questions are probably popping up on why I think so highly of them, the same reason you do at the back of your head, it is easy to say and think profane things about them but the fact of the matter is, they are the most under looked elite NBA team out there, because of their age. Don't have a conversation with their age but rather their game, which flows like Eminem with a microphone.

They have almost all the pieces to the puzzle, I would go as far as to say they are only missing one piece, time. Time will not take a toll on them, it will only lead to experience for them, experience that will build their chemistry and make success a habit rather then a milestone. They have a great team that is as deep as the grand canyon. They have tremendous chemistry. They are able to communicate on defense and connect on offense. You have heard those points enough times but have you ever went in depth to analyze them? That is what I plan to do for you today.


Andre Miller; Brandon Roy; LaMarcus Aldridge; Greg Oden; Rudy Fernandez; Joel Przybilla; Jerryd Bayless; Steve Blake; Travis Outlaw. Tell me that isn't deeper then the grand canyon. Examine these guys.

Andre Miller is an accomplished floor general that is, in my opinion, the most under rated player in the NBA. He has a great back to the basket game, especially considering that he is a point guard, a strong one at that. He has an incredible mid range jump shot, along with his great ball handling and smart decisions with the ball. His passing game is simple and effective, thats all that matters.

Brandon Roy. Amazing; The Future Kobe Bryant; The reason we need to keep watching basketball; The answer to Portlands prayers; Mr. Clutch. All of the previous adjectives and statements accurately describe Brandon Roy. He is absolutely remarkable. His astonishing blend of power, speed and quickness is unmatched. He can drive to the rim, pull up in your face, step back tot he three point line, step up for a 45 foot shot with a defender in his facet at the last second and lace a shot in front of 20,000 fans in the stands and then walk off like nothing happened. He is a stud; A Superstar; The future.

LaMarcus Aldridge has proven himself over and over again as the best big man of his class and second best player overall in his class, taking the back seat to team mate Brandon Roy. He is a great, consistent big man with an incredible mid range game along with a remarkable back to the basket game, a future all star, a true stud. His physical features help, he is a very long guy in the sense of his wingspan being longer then his height.

Even though Greg Oden is considered a bust, he is still a great player, he just hasn't met the overwhelming expectations that everyone had of him. He can still easily become a ten point and ten rebound and two block type of player which are above solid numbers. He is also a big guy so that always helps, the thing that is holding him back is the fact that he is injury prone.

Rudy Fernandez. The Spaniard that is shocking the world his mixed ability to both finish off of a lob on a fast break or put his head down and smashing his way through to the rim or whether he is spotting up a mid range jump shot or arcing a three point shot, it is evident that he has talent and that he can indeed play. He is making quite the name for himself.

Joel Przybilla. Joel is a great big man, a traditional big man, in terms of dominance. He is a tremendous offensive rebounder and rebounder in general. He can produce in the paint which is another big advantage about him, not to mention that he is a threat on defense considering he gets after shots.

Jerryd Bayless. He hasn't really got the opportunity to shine but we have seen glimpses of him, he has got game. He still has a lot of time to improve though. He is a great ball handler as we saw in college and a smart player too.

Steve Blake. A smart point guard, he is fairly clutch, a great three point shooter and along with his mid range game and pin point passing, he has the total package. Travis Outlaw. Travis Outlaw has proved himself as a poor mans Taysaun Prince. He has a long wing span, a great drive and a deadly shot. He really is a poor mans Taysaun Prince.


Tremendous is the only word that comes to mind when I think of the chemistry of the Portland Trailblazers. They are a unit, and they certainly play like one, that is for sure. They have studied each other which is something that you don't see very often in the NBA game of today. They actually run lanes and all rebound the ball, which is why they are a great offensive rebounding team in my opinion.

The Trailblazer in my eyes are the epitome of a modern, old school team. They never try running you off of the court, they aren't a slow team, they are right in the middle, they have studied where their players like the ball, they don't get too fancy, they revolve around an all-man rebound system and the ironic part is that they are one of the youngest teams but they play like a true veteran team, in a way, like the Detroit Pistons of past.

I guess you could fit my description of their 5 man defense in here too considering that would fall under their chemistry. So, they have a great 5 man defense going for them, all and all dangerous chemistry.


All and all, the Trailblazers are the team to watch this upcoming season. They have all the tools to win a championship, they are more then capable, they are true contenders. I think that the players they have are tremendous, simply amazing. I mean they have a superstar in Brandon Roy to guide the way, they have a right hand man in LaMarcus Aldridge and a bunch of great role players that just fill the pieces to this puzzle that I keep mentioning.

I know that a lot of people have said that they are going to be an elite team but they have spoken too early, case in point last year, to be an elite team in my eyes, you must first get past the first round, even if they don't win the championship this year, their great blend of talent and chemistry along with my educated opinion can guarantee one thing, they will get into the play offs and get past the first round. How far past the first round is undetermined but the Western Conference Finals are a likely possibility.

As this finishes, I will leave you a video of the Trailblazers bright moments in the past year: