Trail Blazers’ Skylar Mays Shines in Opportunity Amidst Injuries
Portland’s Rebuild Provides Chance for Rising Star
The Portland Trail Blazers made some significant moves this summer, drafting Scoot Henderson and trading for Malcolm Brogdon. However, in a surprising turn of events, it was Skylar Mays who took center stage in the team’s eighth game of the season, playing 37 hard-fought minutes for the Blazers.
Unfortunately, injuries to both Henderson and Brogdon paved the way for Mays to step up and make the most of his opportunity. In Wednesday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, Mays showcased his skills by scoring 18 points and dishing out 11 assists, despite the team’s loss.
“I just try to be ready to go,” Mays humbly stated. “Obviously, we wish Malcolm was out there playing. We would have loved to have him out there, but I just tried to fill in and do what I do.”
Mays proved that he was prepared for his chance to shine, and if Brogdon and Henderson continue to be sidelined for an extended period, it is evident that head coach Chauncey Billups has full trust and confidence in the fourth-year pro from LSU.
“Sky was incredible,” praised Billups. “I just love the way he plays. He’s got smarts, he’s very crafty, he’s a big shot maker, he’s just tough… I was proud of Sky, he played amazing.”
One of the remarkable aspects of Portland’s rebuild is the opportunity it provides for players like Mays. While injuries have played a significant role in this, it is heartening to witness deserving players being given a chance they may not have otherwise received. In these moments, they play with a fearless attitude, knowing they have nothing to lose and everything to gain, and Mays exemplifies this spirit.