Since 2014 I became numerically intrigued with the Portland Trail Blazers, becoming a follower and fan. After a series of blogs and articles that were uncannily accurate and outperformed the pros of the business, I have slowed down and have had diminished interest for reasons previously presented on the website. Once in a while it is fun to crank up the prognosticative juices and take a shot at the hoops future. Now seems to be one of those moments.
After watching one game of the 2017 NBA finals it appears that the western conference all-stars will most likely take care of the three above average guys from Cleveland. But whatever happens, let’s get on with taking a look at the Blazers future ala numerology. The numbers ahead clearly suggest this is a time that will define Neil Olshey’s rating and reputation as the POBO.
Since Dame has taken on the role of team leader, it has been assumed by many that he will carry the load and determine the fate of the team. As important as he is, and considering his excellent leadership, it looks like the greater role of the success will fall upon how CJ matures and performs. His, and the contribution of two new players yet unpicked and undetermined will eventually stand out as the main reason the Blazers will excel so well. How do I come to that conclusion? How was I the only sports prognosticator to publically predict 44 wins two seasons past? Remember, I also picked CJ as the star of the future two years ago.
With timely draft choices and trades, the Blazers can reach the highest level of performance since the 1977 champions. The 2017-18 season will define, and the 2018-19 reveal all (for better or worse). The key could well be with finding an outstanding SF, a consistent and strong PF, along with a capable back up center. And, most of all, finding a sixth man of the year candidate at point guard behind Dame. Will they be able to do all of this in one year? The “assets” that Olshey has been acquiring for years, along with wise decisions with available trades and draft picks, could get just that.
The numbers say his moment of truth has come and the 2017-18 season will be the most important of his tenure at the Rose Quarter (which, as I understand, contains Moda Center). The numbers indicate the next two years will find the Blazers in contention for the highest stakes. If they do not reach such stature within two years, expect Olshey to be looking elsewhere and another rebuilding of players and staff to occur.