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Tim Frazier and Phil Pressey Battle for Final Spot on Blazers Roster

Thursday, July 30, 2015

 

Tim Frazier positioned middle. Photo from Trail Blazers/ Facebook.

The Portland Trail Blazers roster is almost complete, but the back-up point guard position is still left uncertain. 

Former D-League MVP, Tim Frazier, and former Boston Celtic, Phil Pressey, are battling for the spot of reserve point guard on the Trail Blazers bench.

The Blazers picked up Pressey after he was waived from the Boston Celtics following the 2014-2015 season.

Pressey, evidently, was the odd man out last year on the Celtics. However, Phil Pressey may just be what the doctor ordered here in Portland.

Pressey averaged minimal numbers with 3.5 points, 2.3 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 50 games with the Celtics last season. However, his coaches in Boston have nothing but positive things to say about him.

“He just goes about his job the right way,” former coach of Pressey and a former Trail Blazer Danny Ainge said. “It’s not about him; it’s about the team. If he plays 25 minutes, he’s giving you the hardest 25 minutes. And if he plays five minutes, it’s the hardest five minutes. Guys like that are just hard to find.”

The case with Tim Frazier is a bit more complicated. Portland has grown fond of the young-gun who took the MVP award in the D-league last year, however they believe he has much more to prove.

At this point, the Pros of Frazier are that he has had more time to adapt to the Blazers playbook and style. Most Portland fans thought that Frazier had a set place as the third string point guard, that was until Pressey showed up.

The Blazers plan to use CJ McCollum partly to backup Damian Lillard at point guard , but will have another guard on the roster should injuries occur. This is where Frazier and Pressey come in to play.

 

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