NBA: Watch Out For the Portland Trail Blazers

John DostoyevskyContributor IApril 5, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28:  Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives by Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter on October 28, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Watch out for the Portland Trail Blazers in the coming years, because they have the depth and skill of the Lakers and Celtics. Currently, they have Andre Miller, who is 34, Juwan Howard, who is 37, and Joel Pryzbilla, who is 30, but the core of the team is very young.

For a starting line-up, they have Bradon Roy at SG, Martel Webster at SF, LaMarcus Aldridge at PF, and Greg Oden at C, if he manages to stay healthy. Rudy Fernandez is a nice backup SG. Patrick Mills and Jerryd Bayless will continue to learn from Andre Miller.

Dante Cunningham and Nicolas Batum will continue to develop into solid back ups, too. Martell Webster is a good small forward, but he still has room to grow. Aldridge and Oden in the front court and Brandon Roy in the back court make for an awfully good team, with a lot of potenially good players to back them up. Brandon Roy and Greg Oden remind me of a young Shaq and Kobe.