Quote by Nba preview – rookie & sophomore (Northwest)
Portland Trail Blazers
Sophomore: Pat Connaughton, Grant Jerrett
Rookie: Jake Layman, Tim Quarterman
Connaughton rode the pine the whole season, playing a grand total of 143 minutes, mostly garbage time. He came into the league as a shooter but the ex Notre Dame guard never had a chance and the way owner Paul Allen spent his money this summer does not suggest there will be much playing time for him or fellow guards Tim Quarterman and Grant Jerrett (camp-deals for both of them). Truth is, the Blazers rotation in the backcourt was decided long ago and, barring injuries, there is no room available.
The only rookie who might find minutes on the floor is Jake Lyman. Portland’s frontcourt, while overcrowded, is not as set in stone as the backcourt. The ex Maryland forward was picked in the second round by the Orlando Magic and sent to Portland for a 2019 second rounder and 1.2M. He shot 39.6% from beyond the arc in his senior year and at 6-9, he is the prototype of the modern stretch-four. For him to crack the rotation, he will have to keep his shooting efficiency and be good on defense.