Quick. Name three obvious starters on the Portland Trail Blazers.
OK, everyone knows they are Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum in the backcourt, and Jusuf Nurkic in the middle. Also, Maurice Harkless likely has the inside track at small forward.
But that still leaves the power forward position. And Blazers coach Terry Stotts admitted it’s a position that has yet to be settled.
“Obviously you have Dame, CJ and Nurk,” Stotts said in the Oregonian. “But after that I think I have an open mind.”
The Oregonian went on to list four real candidates, including Al-Farouq Aminu. The rest of the list? Ed Davis, Noah Vonleh and rookie darkhorse Caleb Swanigan.
So, who has the edge?
Well, it may actually be Aminu. But isn’t he more of a small forward?
“I like him at the four (power forward),” Stotts told the Oregonian of Aminu. “I think he’s our best defender at the four. I think having a four man who can shoot threes is important.”
Whoever it is, the Blazers will aim to improve from within, as most of the cast returns from last season. And despite the wishes of Lillard and McCollum, Carmelo Anthony was traded somewhere else.
But if the still young and still coming together Blazers can get enough out of the power forward spot … hey, you never know. Maybe they don’t need Melo.