For the past couple seasons, the Trail Blazers have been caught in a difficult position. They have felt they had the talent and depth to compete for a conference championship and a top four playoff seed.
Due to injuries and inconsistency, however, they have become a team that is good enough to make the playoffs as a lower seed, but not good enough to advance past the first round.
That is not enough for a team with the money of Paul Allen to go along with a talented young core that still has its best years ahead of it. But what can they do to take that next step towards playing consistently enough, at a high enough level, to be considered an elite team? Here are a few suggestions.