Portland Trail Blazers Roster 2021-22: Can Ben McLemore and Other Additions Do Justice to Damian Lillard’s Contribution

Published 09/03/2021, 9:44 PM EDT
May 29, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers players celebrate on the court after defeating the Denver Nuggets during game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports


The Blazers are still facing the same questions as they did three months back. Ever since the Nuggets bundled them in round 1 of the playoffs 2021, the rumor was that Damian Lillard would take leave. However, there has been no movement in that direction.

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Also, Neil Olshey and Jody Allen have failed to attract an All-Star signing to complement Lillard’s talents. Sure, they got a new coach in 5x All-Star Chauncey Billups (putting an end to the hype around Becky Hammon), but their playing additions have been mediocre. Take a look at the new Blazers as the off-season nears an end.

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Incoming players:

Ben McLemore

The Blazers signed Rich Paul’s client Ben McLemore to a one-year deal that made the former Lakers star the 11th best-paid hoopster in Portland. The athletic swingman has just four games worth of postseason experience but he has the potential to give 10 points every night. 

Larry Nance Jr.

In a three-team deal, the Blazers received Larry Nance Jr. from the Cavaliers. Now, Larry might not be a great scorer, but he can start the game for the Blazers and use his off-ball expertise to get a great defense work.

Tony Snell

In a one-year contract, 6’6” shooting guard from Atlanta is heading towards Portland. Although not a prolific scorer, the Californian promises a phenomenal three-point shooting. Last year, he shot at a crazy 56.9% accuracy from behind the arc.

Cody Zeller

Just as guard Norman Powell re-signed with the Blazers for a five-year commitment, they also got their hands on another free agent. Cody Zeller, a star centerpiece from the Hornets, agreed to a one-year contract. After spending eight seasons in Charlotte, this Big Handsome name will be on a mission to prove something to his new team.

Trendon Watford

Greg Brown

Outgoing players:

Derrick Jones Jr

The three-way deal that saw Larry Nance heading towards Portland, also had Derrick Jones exiting in a package. The Bulls will now hold the keys to this small forward. 

Carmelo Anthony

The Blazers lost their bench leader in veteran Carmelo to the Lakers. Melo proved to be a surprisingly crucial sixth man for the Blazers in 2020-21. Now, the Blazers fans would not want Damian Lillard’s name on this list because there are rumors that a swap with Sixers’ Ben Simmons is a possibility.

Mar 3, 2021; Damian Lillard (0) speaks with Carmelo Anthony (00) during the game against the Warriors at Moda Center. The Blazers won 108-106. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports
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Portland Trail Blazers Roster

Frontcourt: 

Jusuf Nurkic

Norman Powell

Harry Giles III

Robert Covington

Larry Nance Jr

Nassir Little

Cody Zeller

Keljin Blevins

Ronde Hollis-Jefferson

TJ Leaf

Tony Snell

Trendon Watford

Greg Brown

Backcourt: 

Mar 19, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots the ball during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Damian Lillard

CJ McCollum

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Ben McLemore

Anfernee Simmons

CJ Elleby

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So what do you think, should the Blazers trade CJ for Ben Simmons if the Sixers somehow agree? Help us know in the comments section below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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