This is a crazy question to ask but it’s a conversation that needs to be had. Since Terry Stotts has taken over in the 2012-2013 NBA Season for the Blazers, the Blazers have 360 wins and 288 losses. That’s good enough for a .556 win percentage. Is that good enough? The Blazers have had 3 50 win seasons in 7 seasons (disregarding 2020 for COVID and this season so far). Considering some of the rosters the Blazers have had, I wouldn’t be satisfied with that.
First, they have a top 3 PG in the NBA in Damian Lillard. For some teams, that’s good enough to make some noise in the playoffs. However, there hasn’t been much playoff success. The Blazers have made the playoffs 6 times since Stotts took over. In that time, the Blazers have won 4 playoff series, 2 of them coming in one year. They did reach the Western Conference Finals in the 2018-2019 playoffs, but they got swept. Other than that, the Blazers have been bounced in the first round more than they have won playoff series.
Now, the Blazers have the deepest team they’ve had in a while. They have Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Robert Covington, Carmelo Anthony, Jursuf Nurkic, Zach Collins, Gary Trent Jr., Derrick Jones Jr., Enes Kanter, Harry Giles, Rodney Hood, and Anferee Simons. I mean that’s 12 relevant people. If Terry Stotts can’t get it done with this roster, I don’t know how any Blazer fan defends him.
At the start of this new season, the Blazers have already been a little disappointing. There’s still time for the Blazers to get it figured out, but the longer it takes, the warmer Terry Stotts’ seat should be. God Forbid they disappoint in the playoffs with another 1st round exit. That is if they make the playoffs. Time will always tell, but if I’m Terry Stotts, I’d start to feel a little worried at this point.