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Portland Trail Blazers Stats, Odds, Standings and Schedule for 2023-24 NBA Season

Portland Trail Blazers Last Season Performance

Despite the Trail Blazers improving upon their 2021-22 season record, the 2022-23 season still ended in disappointment. Portland finished with the fifth-worst record in the NBA, ending the season with a 33-49 regular-season record.

The finish resulted in the Trail Blazers missing the opportunity to compete in the play-in for the second straight season, failing to reach the postseason for the second consecutive season as well.

Portland Trail Blazers Key Additions

The Trailblazers closed out the offseason by engaging in a three-team blockbuster trade to deal Damian Lillard, which in turn helped them acquire both Deandre Ayton.

Ayton will take over in the starting center position for the departed Jusuf Nurkic after holding that role for Phoenix four of the past five seasons. Ayton closed out last season averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds a game.

The Trail Blazers also made some strong additions in the draft. Portland’s biggest addition came in the drafting of Scoot Henderson with the third overall pick. Henderson was previously in the G League Ignite, where he averaged 16.5 points on 42.9% shooting, 5.3 rebounds and 6.8 assists last season.

The Trail Blazers also added Kris Murray and Rayan Rupert in the draft.

Portland Trail Blazers Key Losses

The biggest loss in Portland’s offseason was easily All-Star Damian Lillard, who finally saw his trade request come to fruition as he was dealt to the Bucks. Lillard spent 11 seasons with the Blazers, leading them to eight playoff appearances, while he is coming off a career year in which he averaged 32.2 points and 7.3 assists.

Portland also sent Jusuf Nurkic, Nassir Little and Keon Johnson to Phoenix as part of the three-team blockbuster trade. Nurkic was the Blazers’ starting center, leading the team with 9.1 rebounds and adding 13.3 points a game. Little and Johnson, meanwhile, combined for 11.3 points a game last season.

The Trail Blazers also waived Trendon Watford, who averaged 7.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in limited minutes last season. They also declined the team option for Kevin Knox, who they had traded for midseason last year. In 21 games for Portland, Knox averaged 8.5 points on 44.4% shooting and 3.3 rebounds a game.

Portland Trail Blazers Head Coach Analysis

Chauncey Billups is heading into his third season as Portland’s head coach after he was hired as its head coach in the 2021 offseason.

The Trail Blazer role is Billups’ first as a head coach after he was previously an assistant coach for the Clippers in the 2020-21 season, but his tenure hasn’t gotten off to the strongest start so far. Billups has recorded a 60-104 regular-season record so far, missing the playoffs both years.

Portland Trail Blazers Prediction for the 2023-24 Season

The Trailblazers are entering a new era with Lillard now in Milwaukee and the No. 3 overall pick in Henderson joining the former No. 1 Ayton in Portland.

Though the Trailblazers still struggled last season even with Lillard averaging over 30 points a night, with him now gone, they’re likely to have even more issues as they look to rebuild. Henderson should develop into another strong piece for Portland, but it’s unlikely to be enough to support a top finish in the West.

The Trail Blazers would also benefit from a healthier season from some of their key pieces, but NBA odds still have them finishing in the bottom four in the West. Another season missing the playoffs seems more than likely for this Portland team.

Portland Trail Blazers FAQ’s

Will the Trail Blazers trade Damian Lillard?

Yes, after Lillard requested a trade and going through talks with Miami that went nowhere, Portland eventually landed on a three-team trade deal that sent Lillard to Milwaukee.

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When was Portland last in the playoffs?

The Blazers last reached the postseason in the 2020-21 season, where they lost in the first round.

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Have the Blazers ever won an NBA Championship?

Portland has won one NBA title, winning the championship in 1977.

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Who is Portland’s head coach?

The Trail Blazers head coach is Chauncey Billups.

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