|Team Ranking||PTS/G||OPP PTS/G|
|Northwest Division||105.1 (2nd)||104.3 (3rd)|
Sun Apr 17
|L 115 - 95||at LAC|
Wed Apr 20
|L 102 - 81||at LAC|
Sat Apr 23
|W 96 - 88||LAC|
Mon Apr 25
|W 98 - 84||LAC|
Wed Apr 27
|W 108 - 98||at LAC|
Fri Apr 29
|W 106 - 103||LAC|
Sun May 1
|L 118 - 106||at GS|
Tue May 3
|L 110 - 99||at GS|
Sat May 7
|W 120 - 108||GS|
Mon May 9
|L 132 - 125||GS|
Wed May 11
|L 125 - 121||at GS|
Leonard (shoulder) said that he hoped to be at full strength for the start of the regular season, but suggested he could be limited in training camp, NBA.com's Cody Sharrett reports. "As far as a timeline, it's kinda hard to put an exact date on it," Leonard said. "We're going to back to see the doctor on August 1, and we'll have definitely a much better [idea] of when, let's say a one-to-two week window, will be."
Leonard underwent surgery in late March to repair a dislocated left shoulder, and was given a six-to-eight month recovery timetable. While it appears Leonard is progressing as expected, his rehab may extend to the longer end of that timetable, as he said that he hopes to resume full-contact activities in mid-October, which would give him about two weeks to prepare for the start of the regular season. With Al-Farouq Aminu expected to see more time at power forward in 2016-17, Leonard will have to settle for backup duties, but should still be a fixture in the rotation due to his prowess from three-point range, a rare trait for someone who checks in at 7-foot-1. He'll battle Ed Davis, Festus Ezeli and Noah Vonleh for playing time behind projected frontcourt starters Aminu and Mason Plumlee.
McCollum is coming off a breakout season with Portland where he averaged 20.3 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds over 35 minutes per game. At just 24 years old, McCollum's future as a combo guard in the NBA looks bright, and the move also solidifies Portland's backcourt of McCollum and point guard Damian Lillard for the next few years. McCollum will once again be the second-best scoring option next season behind Lillard on a Trail Blazer team on the rise.
Quarterman agreed to a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Trail Blazers on Monday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
Quarterman boasts great size for the point guard position at 6-foot-6 and displayed solid versatility in his junior season at LSU, where he averaged 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Despite that, he ended up going undrafted in the 2016 draft, but now has an opporunity on a team that is light on ball handlers. With Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum both capable of running the point, Portland's lone backup is Shabazz Napier, who hasn't been very impressive thus far in his short NBA career. If Quarterman impresses, he could be in line to pass up Napier at some point this season.
Vonleh totaled 12.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in four Las Vegas Summer League contests.
Vonleh opted to jump ship to the NBA after one season at Indiana which, in retrospect, may not have been the best decision for his growth as a player. In two professional seasons, Vonleh has posted 3.6 points and 3.8 boards per game. However, it seems as though the former lottery pick may finally be projecting into the player scouts once thought he would become. Vonleh led Portland in the rebounding column and proved to be one of the team's most reliable offensive options this summer. Despite the emergence of Mason Plumlee, the Trail Blazers still haven't completely filled the void left from LaMarcus Aldridge's departure last season. In a perfect world, Vonleh would step up and surface as a solid contributor. However, whether or not the 20-year-old has the ability to cement his presence in the rotation remains to be seen.
Connaughton went for 14.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game over five Las Vegas Summer League appearances.
There really isn't anything this guy can't do as an athlete. The former baseball and football standout has chosen to pursue a basketball career and it seems to be paying dividends. Connaughton finished summer league play as Portland's second-leading scorer and buried a game winning three-pointer in overtime to beat the Jazz on July 12. Last season, the 6-foot-5 guard averaged 1.1 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. As for right now, Connaughton will presumably be stuck behind the likes of C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe in the rotation. However, he could end up pushing Gerald Henderson for minutes as the season progresses.
|2015-16 Team Leaders|
|PPG||Damian Lillard , PG||25.1|
|RPG||Mason Plumlee , C||7.7|
|APG||Damian Lillard , PG||6.8|
|FG%||Allen Crabbe , SG||45.9|
|BLOCKS||Mason Plumlee , C||85|
|STEALS||CJ McCollum , SG||97|
|MPG||Damian Lillard , PG||35.7|
|Full Team Statistics|
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