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Coach confirms Lillard, Hickson will start for Blazers

Sep 25, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

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The names aren’t really a surprise, but it shows that the Trail Blazers are going to be young and athletic this season. And a lot of fun to watch.

Speaking with the media, coach Terry Stotts confirmed the starting five in Portland (via Joe Freeman of the Oregonian): Damian Lillard, Wesley Mathews, Nicolas Batum, J.J. Hickson, and LaMarcus Aldridge.

That’s a pretty interesting group. Aldridge is a legitimate All-Star big man, a guy you can build around. Batum gives the Blazers good offense and great perimeter defense with a smart all-around game.

Lillard is a talented rookie who was a co-MVP of Summer League (and is my pick for Rookie of the Year), a guy who can score but has to learn to run a team. Hickson and Mathews are athletic guys getting a chance to prove they should be starters trusted with major minutes.

Portland is not a huge threat as constructed, not in a deep Western Conference. But they are pretty good, and definitely interesting. This could be one fun team to watch.

  1. eugenesaxe - Sep 25, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Considering Lillard was named starter long ago, that’s not exactly a surprise. Hickson’s the only semi-C with any NBA experience on the roster; again, no big shock.

    • money2long - Sep 25, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      i agree it’s not a shock, but keep in mind experience doesn’t always land you the starting job over a certain player. myers leonard could very well outperform hickson in camp. plus he’s a 7 footer, and if hickson were to come off the bench, his scoring would be good to have, especially during times when aldridge makes his way off the court.

      personally, i like either combination, hickson as a starter or first off the bench.

  2. passerby23 - Sep 25, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Mathews at the point? Seems odd.

    • jamesinva - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM

      top 5 dumbest posts ever. i dont care if it was sarcasm, that was bad..

      • passerby23 - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:30 AM

        How so?

      • passerby23 - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:33 AM

        Ignore that. My bad. I totally missed that. Lol.

  3. fanz928 - Sep 25, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Hickson would be good If lebron was on his team

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