With Harry Giles looking impressive during his first two pre-season performances for the Portland Trail Blazers, there is a growing debate on who the backup center should be headed into the season. Enes Kanter is the presumed second string center heading into the season opener, but Giles’ play makes the case that he’s just as deserving of playing time when the games start to count.
Terry Stotts shed some light on that rotation battle. “I’ve been really pleased with the way (Giles) has played. He’s scoring the ball well, he’s rebounding the ball well, he’s playing with a lot of energy, so that’s been very encouraging.” Stotts said to Blazers media member after the Blazers second preseason game on Sunday night.
“That being said, obviously Nurk is our starting center, Melo is our backup four, Enes Kanter took us to the Western Conference Finals as a starting center, so he’s going to have to take advantage of the opportunities when they come his way. I think it’s a little early to be talking about minutes and rotations, but I really like who we have playing in those positions right now”.
Stotts did little to quell the debate about who the Blazers backup center should be on opening night.