Gary Trent, Jr. had a good time in the bubble. He’s only 21 years old, but is an up and coming 3-and-D guy who should see his minutes increased in the new season after a solid showing in Orlando. He will insert himself into the fray below the basket then creep out to the corner for a quick three, whether he’s followed or not. He projects more as a regular 2 guard but can hang with bigger guys when the situation arises. His shooting, particularly from beyond the arc, is a major transition threat. As a leader on the second unit, he’s the de facto 6th man for Portland, and will often be on the court at the same time as Damian Lillard, causing a spacing headache for opposing defenses. The Blazers are a darling spoiler for the first round, and despite the series result really gave it to the Lakers in the playoffs. If Trent can continue his bubble progress, another playoff season is on tap and maybe a 6th Man of the Year award is in his future.
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