Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Roster Evaluation: Darius Miles

Darius Miles, when healthy, is the Blazer’s go-to guy and I look forward to seeing him return from injury to return his breakout season. There is no question this man was becoming the leader of this Blazer team before he was injured. McMillan gave him a challenge, and he responded with a positive attitude and a willingness to work hard. His outside game has improved greatly, his athleticism is amazing, and his perimeter defense is Top-10 caliber. Darius’s only flaw is that he doesn’t know when to pull up while driving to the basket and shoot the short J or dish it to a teammate when his path to the hoop is blocked. As long as his knee doesn’t bog him down, there is no reason why his breakout season should not resume and he will be on his way to finally getting some respect in this league. His 18 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block a game have been sorely missed and his return should help the Blazers stay in close games.

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