TBF’s State of the Blazers: There's been a lot of talk about where the Blazers are at, was the WCF’s a fluke, or luck of the draw, was winning 53 games just a matter of health and good chemistry while other teams had to integrate pieces and learn to play together. Are Stotts and Neil Olshey the guys to steer the Trail Blazers ship, to a Trail Blazers championship. So as a fan, I decided to I wanted to give a layman's take on where things are at and where it looks like the Blazers near future is going. So lets start off with Neil Olshey. Neil has been a GM that is hard personally to listen too, he often comes across as a salesman to the public. Just giving us the company line, and every 6 months or so the media around Portland tells us he was close to making a move that would have altered the fates of the Blazers, but it never quite materializes. It’s really hard to gauge how much of that is true, so we have to judge him based on what happened. Neils Draft record has been pretty good. Sure there's been flops in there, but guys like CJ have panned out, and their current young players in Simons and Zach look to have a lot of potential. Neils trades have been kind of alright, with some of them like getting Rodney Hood and Nurkic looking really good and some like Aaron Afflalo looking bad, though I think there are reasonable excuses that, that years iteration of the Blazers failure’s weren't because of that trade but because of Injuries to Wes Matthews, Rolo, and LMA. Overall I've never been super high on Neil but Id says he’s done ok. His major failures have been in free agency, for the most part, 2016 is really all one needs to say on that. He did pick up Kanter, and Curry recently that were adequate additions to the team. GM: C+ Terry Stotts: Boy, this is rough and besides some foreshadowing about the Blazers forwards will probably be the “toughest” grade to dole out for the team. Terry’s had regular season success with the Blazers when at times it seemed like they wouldn’t have much. He’s also had a lot of playoff failures, where it seems like things tightened up and he just fails to make adjustments, especially in-game. Some of it may be because he’s been in Portland for a long time and we’ve just seen the sets too much and his (lack of)motion offense have gotten to the point when it feels like there is collective moan in Portland when they run the 3 man weave, or run a PNR into a trap with no angle to an outlet (again). For what it's worth I thought he showed some growth this year in the playoffs making changes (in between games) to how they did things. Overall he’s probably an above average NBA coach, but is he the coach that can lead them to a ring? I really have my doubts here. Coaching: C The Roster: The guards- Well, this is an easy one. Dame’s straight up a baller even if he’s struggled with traps. CJ he may struggle at things like finding open players, and defense but he’s also one of the few players on the team who can straight up just get his. The dudes a scorer, and when he’s on he is fun to watch. When he’s not making baskets it can seem like he doesn’t do much else but he and Dame definitely make a good, and close to an elite backcourt. The bench here has always struggled to have competent backups especially for setting up players, but Curry and Hood who is kind of a tweener have been good. Guards A Forwards: Well... Yikes, what to say. Aminu and Harkless have been their steady starters (not sure why sometimes), for four years. Their defense has been the calling card. The problem is, I think both have some decencies on defense. They’re both are good defenders, but I'm not sure they’re elite. Offensively while they both have games here and there of giving the team 15-20ish points, there’s a lot of games they may as well not be on the court offensively as well. Zach, in my opinion, is the PF of the Blazers future especially if he continues to fill out and get better. Overall... Forwards C- (and I am close to giving them a D here). Centers: It was really unfortunate what happened to the Blazers at the end of the season in regards to their centers. Injuries took what should’ve been a strength and made it a question mark. Nurkic, his growth into the Blazers 2nd best player, his ability to pass, take up space on defense occasionally hit 15-18 foot jumpers and be a presence man I missed him out there. Their depth of Kanter (also a decent center who got hurt), Zach, and Meyers have been pretty good. It's really unfortunate the injuries they had here. Centers: B+ The future: 2016 still casts a shadow over the franchise but fortunately those contracts are expiring next summer. They have a lot of decisions to make this summer, a lowish draft pick, and not a lot of cap space. Next year may be a bit of a downer especially if it takes Nurk a while to get back going. Overall the 2018-2019 run was fun, but what the future holds is in flux both with how Nurk comes back and what NO can do with the lack of flexibility he created. The Blazers run to the WCF’s “earned” NO and Stotts extensions, let's hope those weren’t overreactions. I wrote all this while on a phone will fix grammar and spelling when I get to a computer.