NBA Power Rankings: Lakers eyeing big move; Clippers are broken?

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28. Portland Trail Blazers

When it comes to the win-loss column, I don’t think many are surprised or shocked that the Portland Trail Blazers are struggling. That was pretty much expected since they decided to finally trade Damian Lillard. However, what has been frustrating when it comes to the Blazers is how much they’ve struggled on the offensive end of the floor. Heading into the season, the Blazers weren’t probably going to win many games but the hope was that they would be at least exciting in the process.

The Blazers have the worst offensive rating in the league through the first few weeks of the season. Part of that is due to Scoot Henderson’s early-season struggles but another part of it has been due to the injury of Anfernee Simons. The good news is that Shaedon Sharpe appears to have taken a step forward in his development.

Things are likely going to get worse before they get better for the Blazers but that’s all part of the rebuilding process.