CJ McCollum, Enes Kanter react to ESPN picking Blazers to miss playoffs
ESPN is projecting the Portland Trail Blazers to miss the playoffs this season and CJ McCollum and Enes Kanter can only laugh about it.
The Blazers made the postseason in 2019-20, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round in five games at Walt Disney World in the NBA bubble. Portland had a very productive offseason, though, as general manager Neil Olshey traded for Robert Covington and Kanter, signed Derrick Jones Jr. and re-signed Carmelo Anthony and Rodney Hood.
With that being said, McCollum and Kanter took to social media to react to ESPN’s RPM projections.
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) December 1, 2020
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) December 1, 2020
Even though the Western Conference is really tough, a team with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum on it can never be counted out. Plus, the Blazers will have Jusuf Nurkic for a full season in 2020-21 and he’s one of the best centers in the league.
Enes Kanter, who played for the Boston Celtics last season, is thrilled to be back on the Blazers. He and Anthony will come off the bench and provide scoring and rebounding for head coach Terry Stotts, who is one of the most underrated coaches in the league.
ESPN has the Suns and Pelicans replacing the Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoffs this season. OKC will likely miss the postseason since the team traded Chris Paul to the Suns, Steven Adams to the Pelicans and Dennis Schröder to the Lakers.
However, the Pelicans traded Jrue Holiday to the Milwaukee Bucks, so it’s not a guarantee they are going to be better than the Blazers.