Exclusive How many years before we are mediocre at best.

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  1. Strenuus

    Strenuus Global Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator

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    I wasn't even a huge blazer fan as a kid (hockey and baseball for me) and I still had a poster and the DQ glasses.

    They were ubiquitous for whatever friends' house you went to. It was odd if you went to a friends house and their parents DIDNT get them the DQ glasses
     
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  2. andalusian

    andalusian Season - Restarted

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    I can't believe there were so many answers and no one answered 0.

    The blazers are already going to be mediocre at best

    Duh
     
  3. Whyachi

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    Play-in is typically sub .500 mediocrity. 2 or 3 lucky bad teams are now considered playoff teams/winning franchises. Though not actual playoff teams, as play-in squads keep all the benefits of a non-playoff team. Lottery, trade protections. I believe team like Portland could make the play-in, and not have to cough up their 1st round pick to Chicago as long as they lose.
     
  4. Chris Craig

    Chris Craig (Blazersland) I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    When Dame returns
     
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    Nobody will top Wemby
     
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    I’d say anything below the 4/5th seed is mediocre

    6-8 contenders / pretenders that could compete if EVERYTHING went right

    10 or so teams that are bad / awful / not good and generally probably can’t win on any given night

    Which leaves about 12-14 teams that are pretty much mediocre. Not good. Not bad.

    And of those there are probably 1 or 2 that are a young up and coming team that needs more experience.

    so with all that said, I’d say 4-5 years.
     
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    Depends on Scoot and the next draft. We hit on those then less than 3 years. We miss and it'll be 6+ years.

    Sharpe is the real deal. With Ayton Grant Camara Walker we have some vets and role players. Ant is a good starter or better.

    Not sure if Scoot will be a star, average starter, bench player, or bust. Wouldnt be shocked to see him be any of those.

    If he or our next pick are stars we will be a solid playoff team in a couple years. We'll be a contender eventually if they both are stars.

    If those are misses it'll be a long painful rebuild and probably eventually lead to grumblings about Sharpes future long term.
     
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  8. julius

    julius Global Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator

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    Maybe we should wait for players to be healthy before we decide how long they'll suck.

    They're having players with no business getting minutes, getting minutes.

    Id say they're 2 years from 40+ wins (so after 2025 season) and after that 50+.

    Barring weird injuries or a player pulling a Damian and demanding out.
     
  9. Cugel

    Cugel The epitome of mediocrity

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    CB ain't the one to get this team to mediocrity. Not a chance.
     
  10. kjironman1

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    50+ wins has always been considered a good season. A team that wins 50 games or more always has a chance in the playoffs to win it all.
    IMO 50+ wins is better than mediocre.
    Mediocre to me is 40-44 wins and fringe playoff. To that point this team is nowhere close to mediocre and might be 2-3 years from that still.
     
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    I think it depends on how long the fascination with draft picks lasts. As long as personnel moves are primarily based around getting draft picks instead of adding players who are ready to contribute, the team will remain on a losing track. I’m not saying that living for picks is the wrong play for the next year or so, but it isn’t until the switch is made to trying to add winning talent that actual winning will happen. Young players don’t win without quality experienced players beside them.
     
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    And young players don’t become quality experienced players without quality experienced players around them.
    This is why tanking breeds a losing mentality and a losing culture.
     
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