Blazing a New (Old) Trail in Portland

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:

No.

Player Pos Ht Wt DOB Exp College
 12 Aldridge, LaMarcus FC 6-11 240 7/19/85  1 Texas
 2 Blake, Steve PG 6-3 172 2/26/80  4 Maryland
 44 Frye, Channing FC 6-11 245 5/17/83  2 Arizona
 0 Green, Taurean G 6-0 177 11/28/85  R Florida
 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)
 9 LaFrentz, Raef FC 6-11 245 5/29/76  9 Kansas
 4 McRoberts, Josh FC 6-10 240 2/28/87  R Duke
 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
 25 Outlaw, Travis F 6-9 215 9/18/84  4 None
 10 Przybilla, Joel C 7-1 255 10/10/79  7 Minnesota
 11 Rodriguez, Sergio G 6-3 168 6/12/86  1 None
 7 Roy, Brandon G 6-6 229 7/23/84  1 Washington
 8 Webster, Martell GF 6-7 229 12/4/86  2 None

* – 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.

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