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Portland Off to a Hot Start

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It’s amazing what a good bench can do for a basketball team. It’s all well and good to want to talk about stars on a basketball team but often it’s the bench players, role players, hustle players that add that missing link that can turn an average team into a good one.

The Portland Trail Blazers have gotten off to a phenomenal start this season and whilst it’s early days the improvement that their new bench additions have provided is proof that there is more to winning than just having a good starting five.

Portland does have a good starting five, Damian Lillard is a future star, LaMarcus Aldridge is one of better shooting big men in the league, he can play the four and the five as well. Nic Batum is as versatile a player as you’ll find, they have a genuine centre in Robin Lopez and Wesley Matthews is a solid shooting guard who can create his own shot.

Their starting line-up was never the problem though last season; it was the complete lack of depth and talent in the second five that was the biggest issue for them. This season though, the Trail Blazers are off to a 9-2 start and lead the Northwest Division over the more fancied Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves and their bench has been a major factor in the hot start.

The off season additions of C.J. McCollum, Robin Lopez, Dorell Wright, Mo Williams, Thomas Robinson, Allen Crabbe and Earl Watson have given the Trail Blazers much needed depth to take the next step.

Portland’s new look roster is one with a huge offensive presence. They are averaging 104.6 points per game this season which is good for eighth in the league right now and is an extra 7.1 points per game compared with last season. Their offensive rating, courtesy of basketball reference, is 110.6 which is third in the league, again this is a big step up from last season’s 105.8 (15th).

The Trail Blazers offense is so successful, in part, because of their three point shooting prowess. They are currently shooting 42% from behind the arc as a team, fourth in the NBA and have connected on 100 treys so far this season, third in the NBA. Some of the aforementioned bench players are responsible for such a high percentage of threes being made. Dorell Wright is currently 12 for 27, 44.4% and Mo Williams has added nine treys to start the season.

The Trail Blazers still have C.J. McCollum to return to the line-up and considering he shot an amazing 51.6% from long range as a senior in college it’s safe to say the Blazers can only get better offensively from long range.

Portland are proving to be a great three point shooting team thus far but it’s also their perimeter defense that is playing a part in their early success. They lead the NBA in opponents three point field goal percentage, at 29%. This kind of perimeter defense combined with such hot long range shooting and overall depth is proving to be the catalyst for winning ball games for the Trail Blazers.

The season is young and Portland are yet to face some of the upper tier teams in the NBA so there is no certainty of them making that next step and playing post season basketball but the phenomenal start could very well be the beginning of something for this youthful, talented team. Whatever does happen, it’s been an exciting and memorable start to the season and I for one have enjoyed the ride so far.



Thomas Robinson Traded To Portland

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The Houston Rockets continued clearing cap space today in the hope of gaining the signature of prize free agent Dwight Howard and the Portland Trailblazers were the big winners.

The Blazers are sending the rights to Kostas Papanikolau and Marko Todorovic, as well as two future second round picks for Robinson, according to Adrian Wojnarowski oy Yahoo Sports.

Robinson was the fifth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and although he hasn’t quite lived up to expectations so far, he hasn’t been given much of a chance. Many expect that with more court time in Portland, due to their lack of a decent bench, he should show quite a marked improvement.

Dan Attias.



Kings Trade Rookie Thomas Robinson To Rockets In Three-Team Deal

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As per Adrian Wojnarowski of Y! Sports, Sacramento Kings rookie and 5th overall draftee Thomas Robinson has been traded to the Houston Rockets in a three-team trade involving 6 players. The Rockets will acquire Robinson from the Kings, as well as Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt and a 2nd round pick in exchange for Cole Aldridge, Toney Douglas and Patrick Patterson plus cash considerations. Also involved in the deal, the Phoenix Suns who receive Marcus Morris from Houston in exchange for a 2013 2nd round pick. The Kings have moved over $10 Million in salary while receiving only $6.5 in return leaving them a considerably larger amount of cap space than they already had.

Robinson, drafted 5th overall by the Kings in the 2012 draft has played just 51 games for Sacramento, and has shown considerable amounts of promise throughout his time in Sacramento.  The trade deadline is less than 24 hours away, and ordinarily the world of basketball is crawling with potential trades and rumors however 2013 has proven to be quite the opposite with the Robinson trade being the single and only deal to go down.

Nick C.



Rookie Watch – Thomas Robinson (Sacramento Kings)

Hey team, @NickaRuss here.

By now most of you are across our plans. Each member of the NBA Nation team has chosen to profile an NBA rookie and follow his season closely. We will look at their development as a player and as a teammate, the good times, the bad times, will share highlights and try and help you know them better through their tweets, instagram snaps, interviews and everything that comes with being a rookie on the worlds greatest stage.

@Nick_A_How has already introduced you to Jared Sullinger of the Boston Celtics who has immense promise and is in a great position to really cement a place in the hearts of those passionate Celtics fans.

@NickoToGo chose Bradley Beal, the gun shooting guard from the Florida Gators who was picked up by the Washington Wizards with the #3 selection at last year’s draft. With John Wall at point, they should form one of the NBA’s most dynamic young backcourts for years to come.

It really wasn’t too hard of a choice for me when it came to finding a rookie to profile. At the start of this year I was living in New York and was fortunate to be right in the middle of the action when March Madness fever hit. As a basketball fan there is really nothing like it. A few players caught my eye during the NCAA tournament, but none more than the star player from the Kansas City Jayhawks, Thomas Robinson.  At first look, Thomas Robinson is a dynamic and aggressive 6 ft 8 (listed at 6 ft 10) power forward who’s athleticism and strength makes him an instant impact player in the NBA, but this wasn’t the only reason Thomas Robinson caught the attention of the nation, It was his heartbreaking story of tragedy and the triumph that grew out of the darkness.

In his freshman year at Kansas, Robinson was a little used bench player. His sophomore year saw an improvement in his time and stats, but still, Robinson couldn’t crack a starting spot. Then the worst thing imaginable happened. In the space of 3 weeks, Thomas Robinson lost his Mother, Grandmother and Grandfather, leaving him with no family apart from his younger sister, Jayla. His father had played no great part in their lives. Normally, this would be enough to devastate a young man, but not Robinson. He turned this heartbreaking tragedy into motivation to work as hard as he could to realize his dream and provide for his younger sister. He knew he was destined for the NBA, even if not everyone agreed. We all know what happened. His junior year was a breakout unlike any other. He led the Jayhawks into the NCAA tournament championship game, was named All American and if it wasn’t for Anthony Davis would have been a firm favorite for National Player of the Year. His story had touched the hearts of basketball fans all over the world, me included and I was so ecstatic for him when he was chosen by the Kings with the #5 pick. They must have been jumping for joy when he fell to them. With DeMarcus Cousins to pair with, all of a sudden, the Kings have one scary looking duo in the post. I am extremely excited about the chance to follow Thomas Robinson through his Rookie season at Sacramento. They are going to be very exciting to watch.

So here we go. Ladies and Gentleman…this is Thomas Robinson.

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2012 NBA Draft Results

The 2012 NBA Draft has just concluded, and we are about to see 60 brand new faces enter the league this season. Here are the final results:

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2012 DRAFT WATCH – ROUND 4

Welcome to another edition of our weekly 2012 NBA Draft watch.

With only 66 days until draft day, things are starting to get interesting as players are now declaring themselves for the draft.

As usual here are our 3 prospects for the week.

Thomas Robinson – Power Forward

This hugely athletic Power Forward is currently playing ball out of Kansas University and has been on the lips of hoops fans for sometime. Thomas is hotly tipped to be picked within the first 3 picks.

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