The Portland Trail Blazers have 13 players under contract and are now just under two months away from the start of the 2022 season. While their squad is pretty much the same as the 2021 version, this Blazers team will still be competitive during the season. regular season.
They might not have the wings or the frontcourt needed for the playoffs, but the Blazers have a team that can win in the regular season, even in the stacked West.
Rank the Portland Trail Blazers in Western Conference 2022
The last five teams in the West
The Houston Rockets, after negotiations James harden at the start of the 2021 season, are resolutely in tank and rebuild mode for the 2022 season. They have an exciting young core with Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr and their three other first-round picks in this draft, but they’re a team of the Rockets that will be in the last places of the West.
Thunder of Oklahoma City
Similar to their longtime rivals the Rockets, the Oklahoma City Thunder have now been officially tanked for an entire season. They have two centerpieces to build in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey and other young stallions in Darius Bazley and Theo Maledon.
With one of the youngest cores in the league and the only proven player in Shai, they will likely be rooted at the bottom of the table in the West.
Kings of Sacramento
The Sacramento Kings now have an exciting guard trio in De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, and Davion Mitchell. But, given their age and the absence of a true All-Star or All-NBA player on the squad, they will be sitting in the lower level of the West until one of the three. above raises your hand for higher honors.
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs appear to be embracing a rebuild for the first time in two decades after letting free agent DeMar DeRozan walk into a sign and trade with the Chicago Bulls. They have some exciting young plays with Devin Vassell, Dejounte Murray and Lonnie Walker, but they’re probably at least a season or two away from making the playoffs in the West.
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans are certainly the best team of the five in this lower tier, but they still haven’t really surrounded the superstar. Zion Williamson with the talent that will help him succeed.
New signing Devonte Graham is a good start, but the lack of defensive pieces now that Lonzo Ball is on the Chicago Bulls means they’ll likely be a sieve on the other end. They’re a playoff marginal team at best.