Portland Trail Blazers Roster 2020 Blazers Roster

25-31, 4th in West Northwest

The Blazers and their fans didn't have a whole lot to hang their head about last season. Sure, they fell 4 games to none to the Warriors in the Conference Finals, but they made the conference finals. Damien Lillard put on a show throughout the playoffs which was perfectly encapsulated by his buzzer beater shot to take the series against the Thunder. The Blazers look good going into 2019, but with the emergence of many more strong teams throughout the West, I don't think they make it back to the Conference Finals this year. Lillard is good, but he can only take the team so far.

Pos Name Jersey Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. College
PG Damian Lillard Damian Lillard D. Lillard 0
95
#3 PG 1 6' 2" 194 29 7/15/90 8th season Weber State
SG CJ McCollum CJ McCollum C. McCollum 3
89
#2 SG 1 6' 2" 196 28 9/19/91 7th season Lehigh
SG Gary Trent Jr. Gary Trent Jr. G. Trent Jr. 2
76
#20 SG 2 6' 5" 207 20 1/18/99 2nd season Duke
SG Anfernee Simons Anfernee Simons A. Simons 1
71
#52 SG 2 6' 2" 180 20 6/8/99 2nd season
SF Trevor Ariza Trevor Ariza T. Ariza 8
77
#25 SF 1 6' 7" 213 34 6/30/85 16th season UCLA
SF Rodney Hood Rodney Hood R. Hood 5
80
#13 SF 2 6' 7" 207 27 10/20/92 6th season
SF Jaylen Hoard Jaylen Hoard J. Hoard 6
70
#69 SF 6' 7" 213 20 3/30/99 Rookie Wake Forest
PF Carmelo Anthony Carmelo Anthony C. Anthony 0
76
#49 PF 1 6' 7" 238 35 5/29/84 17th season Syracuse
PF Mario Hezonja Mario Hezonja M. Hezonja 44
74
#59 PF 3 6' 7" 200 24 2/25/95 5th season
PF Nassir Little Nassir Little N. Little 9
71
#77 PF 3 6' 5" 218 19 2/11/00 Rookie UNC
PF Caleb Swanigan Caleb Swanigan C. Swanigan 50
69
#93 PF 3 6' 9" 257 22 4/18/97 3rd season Purdue
PF Wenyen Gabriel Wenyen Gabriel W. Gabriel 35
65
#104 PF 4 6' 9" 218 22 3/26/97 Rookie Kentucky
C Hassan Whiteside Hassan Whiteside H. Whiteside 21
84
#14 C 1 6' 11" 233 30 6/13/89 8th season Marshall
C Jusuf Nurkic Jusuf Nurkic J. Nurkic 27
84
#16 C 2 6' 11" 279 25 8/23/94 6th season
C Zach Collins Zach Collins Z. Collins 33
77
#50 C 4 6' 11" 231 21 11/19/97 3rd season Gonzaga
C Moses Brown Moses Brown M. Brown 4
67
#96 C 7' 1" 244 20 10/13/99 Rookie UCLA

2019-2020 Portland Trail Blazers Roster Top 3 Questions

How do the Blazers offseason moves work with their roster?

In a trade made with the Hawks, the Blazers acquired Kent Bazemore in exchange for Turner. This doesn't save a ton of money, but Bazemore does fit into Portland roster better than Turner did. He's great on D and has proved himself from the perimeter. The signings of Anthony Tolliver and Mario Hezonja are good to add some depth to the second unit. Trading Harkless and Meyers Leonard, the Blazers were able to acquire Hassan Whiteside. This is a good move since Nurkic is going to miss an extended period of the season due to his leg injury. Say what you want about Whiteside, but in my opinion it was a nice job by Portland to fill out the vacant spot. Is this the most glamorous offseason? Absolutely not, but the Blazers were able to add some talent around the core that has already proven itself, giving them a better shot to compete with these newly dangerous teams in the West.

How did the Blazers do in the 2019 NBA Draft?

The Blazers came into this draft with only one pick: 25th overall. With this in mind, you might be surprised to hear that they exited this draft having taken none other than forward Nassir Little. No one was projecting for the freshman out of the University of North Carolina to drop down that far. At the onset of the college season, he was projected to be a top 5 draft pick. Roy Williams, the coach of North Carolina, typically doesn't start freshman, so some are speculating that Little found it hard to get a rhythm going by not starting. He definitely still has a lot of potential that feels untapped. and we'll see how things shake out once he picks up some minutes in the NBA. As of now, he seems like he's going to be a lock-down defender type, comparable to Andre Iguodala. He also provides a nice skillset on the offensive side of things, so he'll compliment McCollum and Lillard nicely.

Do the Blazers have a shot at making it deep into the playoffs?

You can't help but feel bad for teams in the West that were eagerly awaiting for Golden State to split up just to have teams like the Lakers and Clippers all of a sudden become insanely good in a single offseason. As of now, we can only project, but I just don't see the Blazers having what it takes in their roster to beat the duos of LeBron/Anthony Davis or Kawhi/Paul George. My prediction is that the Blazers will win 2 playoff series and then fall to one of those two teams.