Portland Trail Blazers Career Point Scoring Leaders

The Portland Trail Blazers began blazing trails in the NBA in 1971, and won a championship in 1977, but none since.  The team has always put great players on the court, however, and continues to be a force in the west.  Here is a short list of the Blazers’ all-time leading scorers:

Clyde Drexler (18,040)—Guard/forward Clyde “The Glide” Drexler played most of his career in Portland, from 1983 to 1995, and ranks first in Blazers’ history with 18,040 points.  Drexler had an amazing six seasons with 1700 or more points, and his best season overall was 1987-88, when he scored a career high 2185 points (27 points per game), including a career best .506 field goal percentage. 

Terry Porter (11,330)—Guard Terry Porter played in Portland from 1985 to 1995, and ranks second in franchise history with 11,330 total points.  Porter topped 1400 points four times, all with the Blazers, and his best season was 1991-92, when he scored a career best 1485 points (18 per game). 

Clifford Robinson (10,405)—Forward/center Clifford Robinson played for the Blazers from 1989 to 1997, and ranks third in the team’s history with 10,405 points.  Robinson scored more than 1500 points four times while playing in Portland, and his best year was 1993-94, when he scored a career high 1647 points (20 points per game).

Jerome Kersey (10,067)—Forward Jerome Kersey played in Portland most of his career, from 1984 to 1995, and he ranks fourth in franchise history with 10,067 total points.  Kersey had his best season in 1987-88, when he racked up a career high 1516 points (19 points per game). 

Jim Paxson (10,003)—Guard/forward Jim Paxson played for the Blazers from 1979 to 1988, and he ranks fifth in the team’s history with 10,003 total points.  Paxson topped 1500 points three times while with Portland, and his best season was 1982-83, when he scored a career high 1756 total points (22 per game). 

Note: The first name I thought of when putting this hub together was Bill Walton, but he only played for the Blazers for four seasons (1974-78) and scored 3578 total points for them. 

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Portland has been in a lot of ways a bad-luck team. Walton got injured and only gave them a year and a half of great basketball. Portland picked Sam Bowie ahead of Michael Jordan, and Bowie also was perpetually injured and never reached his potential. We've seen this most recently with Greg Oden, who looks to be a part-time player at best.

It is interesting to note that Portland has had some very good players like Buck Williams, Maurice Lucas, Sydney Wicks, and Geoff Petrie.

In 1977 (the Blazers' championship season), they acquired Moses Malone but traded him to the Buffalo Braves for a first round draft pick. (Buffalo then traded Malone six days later to Houston for two first round picks.) If Malone had stayed in Portland, the pressure for Walton to play injured might not have been so great, and they would have perhaps been together for a lot of years. It is an interesting scenario that would have changed the entire NBA. A healthy Walton playing with Moses Malone could have won several NBA titles before Kareem and Magic teamed up in 1980.

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