The Trail Blazers’ bench ranks last in the NBA in scoring, contributing a combined 51 points and averaging a measly 12.8 points over the first four games of the season.

So what?

Ask Blazers coach Terry Stotts about this seemingly glaring deficiency and he shrugs his shoulders.

“Personally, right now, I don’t think it’s a problem,” Stotts said. “Our bench is providing us exactly what we need. They’re all very good complementary players and they’re all fulfilling their roles.”

It would be easy to look at the bench’s offensive production and push the panic button. After all, only two players — rookie center Meyers Leonard (14) and backup small forward Sasha Pavlovic (10) — have scored more than 10 points this season. But simply judging the bench by its offensive production would be a mistake.

– Reported by Joe Freeman of theĀ Oregonian