For the new readers to this site it might help to review this old article to better understand my sports section contributions.
(Update) A quick look at the numbers and the addition of Norman Powell suggest his presence will bring some stability and consistency to team scoring as hoped. He will quickly buy into the Blazers dream of pursuing a championship. While definitely not a mega addition, his experience and composure will be a welcomed addition.
It has taken the weirdness of corona virus and a rash of injuries to get Terry Stott’s to do what has been said here starting years ago—PLAY THE TALENT! The numerical suggestion before the start of the season was to do just that. AND, try Trent Jr. starting alongside Dame, with CJ coming in as a rotation player. This gives them more diversity and less predictability with the first team, and additional talent with the rotation..
The Blazers team numbers, and Stotts’s personal numbers, encourage distribution of talent and a rich mixture of combinations to best create a winning combination. It has been most exciting to see this happen, and successful considering all of the setbacks they have faced. Dame and Trent Jr. are proving to be a formidable combination.
Now the question remains, has Stotts learned this, and will he continue to mix it up? Or, will SSS set in and he goes back to the predictable 8/9 man rotation?
As mentioned before the season, a winning combination might be Dame, Trent, Jones, Covington and Nurk with CJ, Ant, Hood, Carmelo and Kanter as a second unit (slight variations considered). The current starters are doing well and why not leave Dame, Trent (Powell?) , Jones , Covington and Kanter on the floor as starters? Then bring in CJ, Ant, Hood (or Little) Carmelo and Nurk as a second unit. It would give Nurk a chance to get his timing and stamina back against second unit players. Similar with CJ, it would give him a chance to get his footing back (so to say) against lesser opponents. Stotts could then mix and match according to need.
Will this happen? Does Stotts have that much imagination and nerve to try it? And would CJ be willing to adjust? Part one: probably not. Part two: probably so. This is a crucial season for Stotts (numerically speaking) to establish himself as a contending championship coach. Or, will he remain a perennial 45-37 season winner, and out when the play offs come?