Portland Trail Blazers Dynasty: Roy, Oden, Aldridge and What Could Have Been

December 30th, 2010 by AJ Brady Leave a reply »
The Beginning of a Dynasty:

Immediately following the 2007 season, in which Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge made their impressive debuts, the Portland Trail Blazers won the draft lottery against the odds. Although there was some speculation about scoring machine Kevin Durant, the Patrick Ewing-esque Greg Oden was selected, to nobody's surprise.

Portland gave Oden a huge welcome, holding rallies and even writing songs about him. The city was about to be on the NBA map again after several years of being the "Jail Blazers."

With Roy leading the team in scoring and assists, Oden came in primarily as a defensive force and led the team in blocks, rebounds, field goal percentage, and dunks. The big guy also produced a fair amount of points from posting up and second chance baskets. As a rookie adjusting to the NBA game, his minutes were somewhat limited because of foul trouble and stamina. Aldridge rose to become Portland's second option, providing reliable points for the Blazers.

The young trio, backed by role players like Steve Blake, Jarret Jack, James Jones, Travis Outlaw, Joel Przybilla, an ...

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