Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers

Jake Layman has been in and out of the rotation over the past month or so, but he's played more often with Maurice Harkless again sitting out with nagging leg issues. Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts has switched between him and Evan Turner in the starting lineup depending on matchups, and Layman has performed well. 

I noticed a couple plays recently where Layman really stood out, both in sets run for him as well as when he was a cutter from the weak side. Those are two discrete things, and worth pointing out.

Layman brings a selflessness to the table that the starting unit needs. Despite some defensive inequities, I really like that Layman simply does his job when he’s part of the starting lineup. He doesn’t try to do too much, and it’s clear from his body language he knows he’s there as a role player.

Layman’s inclusion allows the bench to have a more dynamic playmaker in Turner with the second unit — particularly with Harkless out — and I'm hoping that Stotts continues to play him more often.

Check out the full breakdown above to see how Layman has been moving in the Blazers’ offense.