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Hoops Lab: Blazing the Trail

Andre' Snellings

Andre' Snellings

Andre' Snellings writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Blazing the Trail

I keep almost writing about what's going on in Portland this year, then changing my mind. Early on, the hot starts from expected cellar dwellers like Philadelphia and Phoenix were more noteworthy. Then a couple of weeks ago I wanted to wait-and-see whether they would cool off. And then last week I decided to write instead about the ridiculous disparity between the East and the West as opposed to focusing on any one team.

But now, I'm out of excuses. More than one quarter of the way through the season, your Portland Trail Blazers are sitting as the #1 seed in the mighty Western Conference. They're doing it quietly, without a lot of fanfare, and with a bunch of players whose names you only know if you're a real NBA fan and/or a fantasy basketball owner. Damian Lillard could probably walk through any mall in America outside of Portland without getting asked for an autograph, and if LaMarcus Aldridge was a foot shorter he would be just as ano

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