Paul Allen: A
I'm not a Paul Allen fan. He gets an A because he is accepting his role as money man. Use the money to hire good people, and let those people do their jobs. You know, like how he runs the Seahawks?
He finally bought back the Rose Garden. He promoted Kevin Pritchard to GM (or at least approved it). He also is the guy that decided to poney up the extra few million to the Suns to snatch Sergio Rodriguez last draft day. All good calls, so high marks for keeping out of your own way.
Brandon Roy: A+
After pre-season I enjoyed telling people that Roy would average what D.Wade did his rookie year, 16 4 and 4. Of course, Wade was on a veteran team at the time, and they're different kinds of players, but both have a great all-around skill set.
I really wanted the Blazers to draft Roy, and its hard to not respect the guy even more for surpassing high expectations. I didn't think he would lead like this so early. I didn't know he was so clutch. I didn't expect him to be such a competent 3-point threat (.377, seems higher in the clutch) or have an animal post up game. Not to mention he seems to be a very good guy. Roy is special, the type you put a franchise on. The Blazers really needed this guy to come along.
Zach Randolph: A
What, just because I rant about how he needs to be traded you expected less? Statistically, Z-Bo had his best season at 23.6 points and 10.1 boards per game. He did this after an offseason of busting his ass to both get in shape and rehabilitate his knee from the less and less threatening arthroscopic knee surgery. He had a few legal troubles, but hey, he didn't get arrested. He pulled some other stuff too (like the bereavement thing) that reminded us he was still our Zach. He had an inexplicable outburst of leadership at least once. I'm still not sure if any teams are willing to touch his contract, but his value is about as high as it will get right now, and I think our man Kevin Pritchard isn't afraid to pull the trigger if someone bites.
Wait. This is quickly turning into a homer style disgusting love-fest. I'm making myself sick as I read this. NJ/Toronto is coming on soon, so I'll return with what will hopefully be more critical and entertaining grades for the rest of the team later.
Paul Allen an A? I'm ashamed. I'm a guy that booed him at a game when they announced it was his birthday and showed him on the big screen. I'm one of the many that cackled at the Nate McMillan hiring press conference when he waved to everyone and almost fell down the stairs. I am ashamed.