|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|
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.
Leonard recently indicated that he's "coming along nicely" in his recovery from a dislocated left shoulder that required surgery in late March, Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune reports.
Leonard is about three and a half months removed from the operation, but said that he's "able to do just about anything with [the shoulder] now," an encouraging remark after the procedure was expected to carry a six-to-eight month recovery timetable. Despite Leonard's disappointing 2015-16 season, the Blazers still seem to like his long-term potential, as evidenced by their decision to re-sign him to a four-year, $41 million contract earlier this month. While he won't be cleared to take contact until training camp begins, Leonard shouldn't have much issue getting his conditioning back up to par as he prepares for his fifth NBA campaign. He's expected to serve as the top backup to Al-Farouq Aminu at power forward, while also occasionally seeing time at center behind Mason Plumlee and Festus Ezeli.
Blazers GM Neil Olshey and coach Terry Stotts have both indicated they expect
Olshey may be dramatically overstating the effect Aminu's move to power forward would have on the Blazers' record, but there's reason to believe that he'd thrive in the sort of small-ball lineup that more and more of the league's top teams are embracing in the modern NBA. With the Blazers re-signing swingman Allen Crabbe and bringing aboard wing Evan Turner this offseason -- both on deals worth over $70 million apiece -- it's not expected that free agent Maurice Harkless will be retained, creating a natural void at power forward that Aminu is best equipped to fill of the remaining players on the roster. After hitting a solid 36.1 percent of his three-point attempts in 2015-16, Aminu certainly is capable of spacing the floor, and though slightly undersized at 6-foot-9, he's a sound enough defender to slow down opposing power forwards. From a fantasy standpoint, playing the power forward spot more often would likely enhance Aminu's rebound potential, as he'd likely play closer to the basket on defense and would frequently find himself as the Blazers' second-biggest player on the court.
Napier sprained his left shoulder in Tuesday's 92-89 win over the Jazz and will miss the rest of the Las Vegas Summer League, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.
After acquiring Napier on July 5, the Trail Blazers wanted him to pick up plenty of run in the summer league so that he could distinguish himself as the team's top reserve point guard, but that never came to fruition. After sitting out the Blazers' summer league opener, Napier made his debut Sunday against the Spurs, but exited early after suffering a scalp laceration. He was deemed good to go in advance of Tuesday's contest, but was only on the court for 15 minutes before suffering a more serious injury. Napier is expected to be ready to go for training camp, where he may need to make more of a splash than originally thought if he hopes to maintain a roster spot.
|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|
|FT%||Damian Lillard , PG||89.2|
|3P%||CJ McCollum , SG||41.7|
|BLOCKS||Mason Plumlee , C||85|
|STEALS||CJ McCollum , SG||97|
|MPG||Damian Lillard , PG||35.7|
|Full Team Statistics|
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