2. Shaedon Sharpe
A reasonable argument can be made that Sharpe is Portland’s No. 1 most valuable asset. As a 19-year-old with clear superstar potential, teams may demand Sharpe be the centerpiece of a trade that would bring anything of significance back to the Blazers to pair with Lillard.
The rookie spent much of last season showing flashes of his otherworldly athleticism – a highlight dunk here, an out-of-nowhere block there.
But when he received significant playing time in the final stretch of the 2022-23 campaign, Sharpe showed flashes of much, much more than just athleticism.
He led the Blazers in scoring over the last 10 games of the regular season, averaging 23.7 points a night. He showed that his range extends far beyond the rim as he shot 36 percent from three on more than 8 attempts per game. He added 6 rebounds and 4 assists to those tallies.
Yes, it was in garbage time of the regular season, but both the stats and the eye test showed a skilled and explosive offensive player with the potential to be an above average defender in a 19-year-old who hadn’t played organized basketball since high school.