The 2007-2008 Portland Trailblazers are for real.
Last night’s come-from-victory over the Nuggets (POR 99, DEN 96) was their 10th win in a row.
In the history of the NBA, mediocre teams do not win 10 games in a row, within any given year … especially with the No. 1 Pick Overall from the preceeding NBA Draft (i.e. All-World-To-Be, Greg Oden/C, 7-ft, 250 lbs), not having played a single game thus far.
The Blazers roster, right now, looks like this:
|1||Jack, Jarrett||PG||6-3||197||10/28/83||2||Georgia Tech|
|33||Jones, James||SF||6-8||220||10/4/80||4||Miami (FL)|
|23||Miles, Darius *||SF||6-9||222||10/9/81||7||None|
|52||Oden, Greg *||C||7-0||250||1/22/88||R||Ohio State|
* - Player injured
and is the youngest in the NBA.
Think about that for a moment, or two …
What’s the magic in Portland’s water at the moment?
As a young “Group of 5″, Brandon Roy (PG), Martell Webster (OG), Travis Outlaw (SF), Channing Frye (PF) and LaMarcus Aldridge (PF/C) are as talented (i.e. skilled, quick & strong, with good size, intensity & Basketball IQ) as any quintet in the NBA today.
Once Oden makes his debut, next season, and effectively addresses their deficiency in Rebounding (Differential = -3.1/#28); with a top flight coach (i.e. Nate McMillan) and a plethora of functional role players (e.g. Steve Blake, Jarrett Jack, Sergio Rodriguez, James Jones, Joel Pryzbilla, Raef LaFrentz) … this team is going to become entrenched in the upper echelon of the NBA for the next decade.