Portland Trail Blazers Depth Chart 2019 Blazers Depth Chart

34-23, 4th in West Northwest

POR 94 @ BKN 90

Q4 5:10

The Trail Blazers remain one of the most unchanged teams to emerge from the 2018 off-season. Most of their players are under long-term contracts, affording the team little to work with in cap space. Nik Stauskas and Seth Curry were the main additions. Stauskas came over in a flier deal, while Curry cost the team a nice chunk of change. The team features one of the best two-guard combos in the league between Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. This tandem continues to re-write their positions, with Lillard forming into a top, two-way guard and McCollum adding defensive efficiency to his shooting capabilities. Evan Turner re-signed with the team, limiting the need for increased support from the bench. A healthy Jusuf Nurkic keeps the team towering at the forward and center positions. Zach Collins and Myers Leonard continue to keep the height working through the rotation, establishing a post presence no matter the game point. Curry and Stauskas are two players that can take on multiple roles. Both offer a sense of leadership at the point guard position and marginal shooting rates can slot into the shooting guard position. The same can be said for Turner, which varies the intrigue of guys that can enter the game at multiple positions in their repertoire.

Offense Depth Chart

Point Guard PG
Shooting Guard SG
Small Forward SF
Power Forward PF
Center C
Small Forward SF
Center C
Power Forward PF
Point Guard PG
Shooting Guard SG

Top Portland Trail Blazers 3 Depth Chart Questions

Q: Can the guard consistency translate up the lineup?

A: The usage rates for both Lillard and McCollum continue to climb. There are few occasions that have neither player on the court, soaking up the overall usage rates for the team and at their positions. While both are pure scorers, they are not opposed to spreading the ball around. Nurkic will gain a full workload without the need to concern himself with injury, which helps the team build their set-up on the offensive end.

Q: Does a deep bench call for less Lillard or McCollum?

A: There is no question of the importance of both of these players, but their usage rates keep climbing to alarming levels. To avoid burnout, this may be the season the team starts to limit their workload. Curry is in a favorable position to sans either guy and Stauskas will offer a differed skill set that the team needs to vary their sets and attack regimes.

Q: Does limited addition to the three through five positions hinder the team?

A: The deep bench was constructed a few seasons ago, switching the focus to building the presence with the players rostered. The team could focus on smaller areas and not have to address the concern of internal relationship building. The chemistry comes full circle with little talents to catch up to speed. This should create a consistent program for this team to adopt and take full reigns on.