Flipping through the sortable team shooting stats at 82games.com, I came the realization that the Trail Blazers were a decent offensive team this season.
The Blazers finished the season shooting 41% on two point jump shots, seventh in the NBA. They scored 34.6 points per game on two point jump shots, which was third in the NBA. Both solid stats.
The news is almost as good behind the three point line. The Blazers, at 38%, finished tied for sixth in the NBA in three point shooting percentage. They finished just about in the middle of the pack in points per game off of three point shots with 19.7.
Those are all better than average statistics, so why did we end up 27th in the league in scoring? My guess would be that we're terrible at what 82games.com lists as "inside shots," which I'm assuming are all non-jump shot baskets made near the hoop. As a matter of fact, we're the worst, as in dead last in the league with 23.9 points per game. In contrast, Golden State lead the league with 42.6 points per game on inside shots. That's fastbreak points and easy buckets, two of the important facets of offense in the NBA. Other teams get 'em, we don't. Our lack of inside scoring also contributes to having the sixth-fewest number of and1 fouls in the league.