With the drafting of guard CJ McCollum, the Blazers will have an incredibly talented backcourt.
Add in Cal shooting guard Allen Crabbe to the mix with Rookie of the Year winner Damian Lillard and you get a very young, explosive group.
Portland’s projected two-deep next season:
- Point Guard: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum
- Shooting Guard: Wesley Matthews, Allen Crabbe
The Blazers needed to improve their depth and they did just that with the draft. Now they have a core group to cycle through with huge upside.
With this surge of young speedy talent, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts wants to see them starting using this to their advantage.
[gn_quote style=”1″]“I would like to play at a little bit faster pace than we did last year,” Stotts said. “Having C.J., who is used to having the ball and pushing it up, (should help). There was a lot of pressure on Damian to try and do too much. The flow of the game was a little bit easier when we got (Maynor) at the end of the season. Hopefully with C.J., having multiple handlers, we’re able to pick up the pace and tempo at the offensive end.”[/gn_quote]
The Blazers could, of course, trade away Matthews to try and make room for McCollum in a starting role, but for the time being it’s safe to assume that they are comfortable with working him into more and more playing time.
Olshey has talked in the past about wanting to implement a more up-tempo style of offense, but he hasn’t had the horses yet to do it. Now Lillard won’t be worked into the ground like he was last season and the Blazers can actually use some rotation.