Blazer Rank Midway in ESPN Power Ranking

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ESPN released their annual power ranking today, and the Blazers have ranked 15th in the league, sandwiched by the Dallas Mavericks at 14 and the Denver Nuggets at 16. Here’s the reasoning behind the Blazers’s ranking:

The Blazers insist Lillard, Batum and Aldridge are their core trio. Speculation persists it’ll eventually be Lillard, Batum and whatever they get back in an Aldridge trade. What matters most for now is whether they have enough depth around those three to crack the West’s top eight. We shall see.

Recent reports have suggested that the Blazers have no interest in shopping Aldridge, which I find to be a good thing. This seemingly puts the second scenario out play for the time being.

As for my opinion on 15: I think it’s a fair ranking. That puts us right in the middle of the pack, which is where I think we deserve to be. In regards to ESPN’s last sentence, I think we do have enough depth around our core of three to make a strong push for the last two seeds of the playoffs.

What do you think about the ranking? Is it too high or too low? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,



No More Free Chalupas


It was made official today by the Blazers that after 14 seasons, they were ending their partnership with Taco Bell. The former agreement had all fans at the game get a free chalupa coupon once the Blazers scored 100 points. However, the team also said they will find a suitable replacement for fans to enjoy when the Blazers score 100 points.

Here’s the full press release:

A corporate marketing decision impacting local Taco Bell franchisees has eliminated product promotions like our Chalupa giveaway when the Trail Blazers score 100 points. It’s been a wonderful tradition for 14 years that our fans truly love. But rest assured the Trail Blazers will find a suitable replacement item for our fans to celebrate and enjoy when we score 100 points.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,