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The Portland Trail Blazers' front office should have been nominated for ESPY's. Every single one of them.
First, they went out and nabbed Gerald Wallace at the trade deadline for the oft-injured Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham and a 2011 first-round draft pick via the New Orleans Hornets through the Jerryd Bayless trade.
Then, the front office worked their black and red magic again to snag Raymond Felton and the Dallas Mavericks 26th-overall pick, Jordan Hamilton, for Rudy Fernandez, a player who was already in bad standing in Portland, and Andre Miller, the veteran, bully-ball point guard.
Now, it's hard to put a finger on three set players for the Blazers to run through, but provided the team is healthy, LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy and Felton with a high dose of Wallace will be how Portland dominates the league.
All-Star snub Aldridge averaged 21.8 points and 8.8 rebounds throughout the regular season, and those numbers were higher before Marcus Camby and B-Roy returned from their knee injuries.
In a Trail Blazers jersey, "Crash" Wallace averaged 15.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and two steals per game, hounding the ball on both sides of the court and "crashing" the boards with the best rebounders.
Roy still needs to finish rehabilitating and tending to his knees, but at his best, he's an unstoppable mid-range scorer. We saw shades of the past in Game 3 against the Dallas Mavs, where he led the fourth-quarter comeback, and hopefully, that is only shades of things to come.
Now, the Blazers have picked up an important piece to the puzzle in Raymond Felton. Felton spreads the court, something that Miller could never do, as he shot an impeccable 45.9 percent from downtown.
Once he gets in the flow of the system and fully understands exactly what Blazer basketball is—a very meticulous half-court offense with a staunch defense and a high transition completion percentage—Felton will become exactly what the doctor ordered.