How Long Before Portland Wins an NBA Championship?
I’m not one to jump to conclusions or anything, but, let’s jump to a conclusion. Portland will take Greg Oden. They will take the Ohio St. center, and they will ride him to an NBA title. See, Portland’s slim odds of winning the lottery — 5.3% to be exact — meant they weren’t completely horrendous last year. In fact, they are anything but. The Blazers absolutely cleaned up in the draft last year. They swiped Texas PF LaMarcus Aldridge who was fantastic when he wasn’t hurt, and they complemented him with a sweet draft-day trade for Brandon Roy, who turned out to be the Rookie of the Year. Now all of a sudden, underrated PG Jarrett Jack has some skill players to dish to aside from Zach Randolph. When you realize the Trail Blazers will send out a lineup of Greg Oden, Zach Randolph, LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy, and Jarrett Jack, at many times during the game, you see that they will throw out one of the most vaunted teams size-wise on the court, absolutely annihilating opponents inside.
This type of offense will change the game. Who will be able to matchup against the Blazers with that lineup? Don’t forget, they also have Joel Przybilla who was hurt last year, to rotate in, grab boards, block shots, and commit fouls. This is a young, talented, deep, and big team that will flourish with Greg Oden. So, not to go all Houston Texans/Mario Williams on you, but that leads me to…how long will it take for the Blazers to win a title? When will they win a championship? I don’t think it’s a question of “if.” Rather, it’s a question of when.