2014 picks: None.
2013-14 record: 54-28 (2nd in Northwest Division).
2013-14 statistics: 106.7 points per game (4th in NBA), 102.8 points allowed per game (22nd in NBA), 46.4 rebounds per game (1st in NBA).
2013 draft recap: No. 10 overall pick C.J.McCollum missed half of the season with a broken foot and didn’t play well in 38 games upon returning. No. 31 overall pick Allen Crabbe, acquired in a draft-day trade, split his season between the Blazers’ bench and the NBA Development League’s (Boise) Idaho Stampede.
Decision-maker: Neil Olshey, who became general manager after leaving the Los Angeles Clippers in 2012, has played a major role in building two of the eight best teams in the NBA. Coach Terry Stotts signed a contract extension this offseason and probably has gained enough clout in two seasons to influence personnel decisions.
Biggest offseason decisions: The Blazers will bring back almost everyone but have major decisions to make next offseason. In advance of that summer, which will require contract extension negotiations for All-Stars LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, and fellow starters Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez, Olshey needs to figure out what he has and what he needs. Portland was strong during the regular season but blown away by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the playoffs. A few veterans, ideally cheap pickups who could work into the payroll using the midlevel exception, could be a nice way to bolster a bench that improved dramatically but must get better.
1. Defense: The Trail Blazers struggled as a whole, but the forward spots off the bench were particular issues, as Dorell Wright and Thomas Robinson are better on the offensive end. A player willing to mix it up on defense, perhaps Syracuse’s Jerami Grant, could make trading into the first round worthwhile.
2. Center: Lopez played well in the starting role, but interior defense remains an issue. Joel Freeland showed strides before an injury, but the Blazers would do well to add a bigger player to the bench. This draft is lacking those types, though, and the Blazers might be better off taking that need to free agency.
3. The future: The 2015 offseason might lead to changes. Grabbing a sleeper could be worth the trade into Round Two.