About Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers were established in 1970 and have enjoyed a very strong following, shown by selling out over 800 consecutive home games.
The franchise has been a very reliable playoff contender as they reached the postseason 31 times during their 45 years of existence. The Blazers hold the second longest streak of playoff appearances in the NBA standing at 23.
The first and only NBA championship for the franchise occurred in 1977; the team appeared in two more NBA finals at the beginning of the nineties losing both contests.
The Blazers are members of Northwest Division in Western Conference which title of they claimed only once in last season- 2015. The franchise also claimed four division titles when they were part of Pacific Division up to 2004. The colours that present the team are red, silver, black and white and the team’s official mascot is a high flying Blaze the Trail Cat.
Terry Stotts, a former forward who spent his playing years in Europe, is the Blazers head coach. Before joining the franchise in 2012 Stotts had a variety of assistant, head coaching positions with different teams and he also won NBA championship as an assistant for the Mavericks in 2011.
The foundations of Portland Trail Blazers lay in young hands and legs of Damian Lillard, C. J. McCollum and Mason Plumlee.
The starting guards are meant to deliver the points in chunk complementing each other, with Lillard playing for the franchise a year longer than McCollum and somewhat establishing himself as the team’s leader the Blazers have an explosive weapon as well as capable ball distributor. Lillard set an NBA record in three points made by a rookie in a season; he became just the fourth rookie in the league’s history to win NBA Rookie of the Year award unanimously. He also enjoyed playing in two NBA All-Star games.
McCollum who was drafted by the Blazers year later had initials rookie struggles but he slowly went onto becoming the team’s leader in steals whose playing greatly contributes to the team’s points and assist recorded.
Plumlee who initially spent most of his playing time in Brooklyn as a sub, was traded to the Blazers in 2015 where he hopes to see his career grow and where the franchise can rely on his rebounding skills as well as other defensive contributions in blocks and steals as well.