Team analysis: Portland Trail Blazers

Nicolas Batum

Batum is his name, and he's got more than a goofy smile to offer for your fantasy squad this season. (Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Depth chart:

PG: Andre Miller, Jerryd Bayless, Elliott Williams, Patrick Mills*

SG: Brandon Roy, Rudy Fernandez, Wesley Matthews, Armon Johnson

SF: Nicolas Batum, Luke Babbitt, Dante Cunningham

PF: LaMarcus Aldridge, Jeff Pendergraph

C: Marcus Camby, Greg Oden, Joel Przybilla

Relevant fantasy players and projected draft positions/per-game stats:

Brandon Roy – G/F (Rd. 2-3): 22 Pts, 1 three, 4.5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

Marcus Camby – F/C (Rd. 4-5): 7.5 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

LaMarcus Aldridge – F/C (Rd.  6-7): 17.5 Pts, 7.5 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Andre Miller – PG (Rd. 8-9): 12 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

Greg Oden – C (Rd. 10-11): 9.5 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Blk

Nicolas Batum – G/F (Rd. 12+): 10.5 Pts, 1.5 threes, 4 Reb, 1 Stl

Rudy Fernandez – SG (Rd. 13+): 9 Pts, 2 threes, 2.5 Reb, 1 Stl

Jerryd Bayless – G (Rd. 13+): 10 Pts, 3 Ast 

Sleepers:

Bayless, Batum

Most likely to surprise:

Oden

Most likely to disappoint:

Oden

Category specialists:

  • Threes: Fernandez
  • Blocks: Camby, Oden

Things to watch:

  • the health of Roy, Oden, Camby and Przybilla
  • the outcome of Fernandez‘s long-rumored departure from Portland
  • how Miller and Bayless split minutes

Team’s statistical NBA ranks from 2009-10:

  • Pts: 21st
  • FGM: 27th
  • FGA: 26th
  • FG%: 15th
  • FT%: 3rd
  • 3PTM: 18th
  • Reb: T26th
  • Ast: 21st
  • TO: 2nd
  • Stl: 25th
  • Blk: 24th

Fantasy-friendliness for 2010-11: C-

* will likely play in Europe this season

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