Trail Blazers

Offseason power rankings have the Blazers where?

Trail Blazers

It's that time of year. The time to overreact to last season, good or bad, create fake trades to improve your team and look ahead to next season. 

That's right, it's the NBA offseason. 

That also means it's time for some offseason power rankings.

The Portland Trail Blazers were middle of the road last season. They impressed in the bubble, earning the eight seed in the Western Conference before losing in the first round to the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers.

So where do they rank heading into the offseason?

According to the latest ESPN rankings, the Blazers are No.14. 

This was something of a transition year for the Blazers. They dealt with key departures from a group that went to the Western Conference finals, as well as a rash of injuries that put them in a hole to climb out of just to make the playoffs. Their bubble run was rousing but ultimately capped a disappointing season. Continuity has been the hallmark of the Blazers, who've retained the same GM, the same coach and the same star. The roster is largely under contract (Hassan Whiteside and Carmelo Anthony are the big offseason questions), but the Blazers will need to make changes if they're to rise back to the upper tier of the West.

Royce Young, ESPN

At No.14, the Blazers rank right where they ended the season as the No.8 team in the west. 

According to ESPN, the top teams in the west heading into next season are:

1) Los Angeles Lakers

2) Los Angeles Clippers

3) Denver Nuggets

4) Dallas Mavericks 

5) Golden State Warriors

6) Houston Rockets

7) Utah Jazz

8) Portland Trail Blazers

The Eastern Conference top end consists of the Bucks, Celtics, 76ers, and Heat. 

Next season could be interesting for the Blazers. Injuries hurt Portland this past season, but the team will head into the next campaign with a healthy Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins, and may even have Rodney Hood back in the lineup. 

A healthy Blazers team is a dangerous Blazers team. 

Can they improve on last season's 35-39 record? 

 

Right now it looks like they have their doubters, and that's just the way we like it.