Napier Finally Gets His Shot Thanks To Opportunity And Improvement Portland Trail Blazers

After seeing his minutes increase both at the end of the 2016-17 regular season and during Portland’s first-round playoff series versus the Golden State Warriors, the plan was for fourth-year guard Shabazz Napier to take on a more substantial role this season.

After seeing his minutes increase both at the end of the 2016-17 regular season and during Portland’s first-round playoff series versus the Golden State Warriors, the plan was for fourth-year guard Shabazz Napier to take on a more substantial role this season. He’d still be playing behind Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, so his opportunities might have been relatively sparse, but he had showed himself capable of picking up consistent, if not extensive, minutes backing up Portland’s primary ball handlers.

But a quad injury suffered early in training camp sidelined the 6-1 UCONN product for all of preseason, which might have stunted Napier’s campaign for increased playing time early in the regular season. He did play 23 minutes in Portland’s opening night blowout of the Suns in Phoenix,...

‪“Opportunity Shabazz” takes center stage.

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  • Never understood why Stotts pulled him in the Brooklyn game. He was hot and then Stotts went with his starters (except Nurk) instead.

  • Dude needs to be in the rotation. He can score and pass. I'm glad we traded Crabbe and kept Shabazz!!!

  • i wish shabazz got more minutes i love seeing him play for the blazers, he goes off

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