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2006 Portland Trailblazers Preview

Welcome to the 2006 Portland Trailblazers NBA Preview page. At the time of publish preseason games are winding down and the regular season about to be begin. If you enjoy betting on NBA basketball be sure to use Maddux Sports for NBA Basketball Picks and visit the Live NBA Betting Lines to increase your winning percentage this season.

2006 Portland Trailblazers Basketball Season Preview

There has been a lot of turnover on this club. But don’t expect it to change much. Portland’s a young team, with only one player possessing more than 6 years of NBA experience. They have a pretty good rookie class and some talent. They need experience.

Jarret Jack (6.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.8 APG, 44.2 FG%, 80.0 FT%), entering his second year, will get the start at point guard. Rookie Brandon Roy (Washington) starts across from him. Shooting guard Martell Webster (6.6 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.6 APG, 39.9 FG%, 85.9 FT%), who last year played his first pro season, is talented but must become consistent from the outside.

Darius Miles (14.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, 46.1 FG%, 53.4 FT%) has about as much talent as any NBA small forward and he manages to get into more trouble than just about any player. Portland would like to trade him but hasn’t been able to make a deal. Power forward Zach Randolp (18.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 1.9 APG, 43.6 FG%, 71.4 FT%) is the team’s best scoring threat and good on rebounds. He needs to develop his “D” and discipline

The starting center will either be Jamaal Magloire (9.2 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 46.7 FG%, 53.5 FT%) or Joel Przybilla (6.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 54.8 FG%, 53.2 FT%). Magloire is the better scorer, while Przybilla offers the most defense, being an able shot blocker and rebounder.

This is Nate McMillan’s eighth season as an NBA head coach and his second with Portland. He’s a good teacher, who emphasizes skills and smarts. He’s detail oriented and doesn’t allow any distractions when players are working (leave your cells in your vehicle). The cadre of young players seems to trust and respect their new coach.

It’s going to be a long and winding road for this team. At times their defense will fall apart and their offense will disappear. But expect hard work and dedication because McMillan won’t stand for less. Consider 26 to 32 wins a major victory for this group and a promise of more to come.

For more info on the 2006 Trailblazers basketball team visit the Blazers official website from NBA.com or keep reading up on their division rivals including the Timberwolves, Super Sonics, Jazz, and Nuggets.

2006 NBA Division Previews

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