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10 Greatest Portland Trail Blazers of All Time

Updated on July 11, 2019
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Mikey is a person who loves to talk about sports including basketball and his favorite team is the San Antonio Spurs.

Introduction

Many great athletes have been a part of Portland Trail Blazers franchise, and today we talk about the best ones who have played here! Most of players on this list are not in the Hall of Fame, but if you disagree with my rankings of players comment below!

Now, onto the list.

Clyde Drexler
Clyde Drexler

1. Clyde Drexler

Drexler was a legendary shooting guard for the Blazers, propelling them to a finals appearance in 1992. Although they lost to the Chicago Bulls, he was a member of the All NBA First Team that season.

Drafted 14th overall in the 1983 NBA Draft, he is arguably one of the greatest draft steals of all time, given his talent. Many people forget how good he really was in the 80s and 90s due to the crowded Western Conference and only one Finals appearance.

Down below are Drexler's accolades:

  • NBA Champion (1995)
  • 10x NBA All-Star
  • 1x All-NBA First Team
  • 2x All-NBA Second Team
  • 2x All-NBA Third Team
  • No. 22 retired by Portland Trail Blazers
  • Basketball Hall of Fame

Fun fact: Drexler is the Commisioner of the Big3 Basketball League!

Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard

2. Damian Lillard

Lillard is the face of the Trail Blazers in the present, and has kept them in consistent playoff contention, leading the Blazers to their first Western Conference Finals since 2000. One of the clutchest players of all time, Lillard turns it on to seal the win for his team.

Drafted 5th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, Lillard won Rookie of the Year and has been a consistent All-Star and MVP candidate throughout his years so far. Lillard is also second all time in scoring for the franchise, only behind Clyde Drexler. He is also third all time in assists.

Down below, are Damian's accolades:

  • 4x NBA All-Star
  • 1x All-NBA First Team
  • 2x All-NBA Second Team
  • 1x All-NBA Third Team
  • NBA Rookie of the Year
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team

Bill Walton
Bill Walton

3. Bill Walton

Walton led the Trail Blazers to their one and only NBA Championship in the 1977 NBA Season, and won Finals MVP. In his day, he was widely regarded as one of the greatest big men of all time, but unfortunately injuries derailed his career after the 1978 NBA Season.

Drafted 1st overall in the 1974 NBA Draft, he made an immediate impact on the team, becoming an all time great for the franchise even though his prime was cut short due to injuries.

Down below are Walton's accolades:

  • 2x NBA Champion (1977,1986)
  • 1x NBA Finals MVP (1977)
  • 1x NBA MVP
  • 2x NBA All-Star
  • 1x All-NBA First Team
  • 1x All-NBA Second Team
  • 2x NBA All-Defensive First Team
  • 1x NBA Sixth Man of the Year
  • 1x NBA Rebounding/Blocks Leader
  • No. 32 Retired by Portland Trail Blazers
  • Basketball Hall of Fame

LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge

4. LaMarcus Aldridge

Aldridge is personally one of my favorite players of all time, and is one of the greatest Blazers and Power Forwards of all time. Aldridge wasn't the greatest in the late 00s, due to a bad heart problem that had him sidelined for a good amount of time.

After this, he became an All-Star player and was a finalist in the top ten for MVP voting a couple of years!

Drafted 2nd in the 2006 NBA Draft, he was traded from the Chicago Bulls on draft night and has cemented his career as one of Portland's all-time greats! Aldridge is 3rd all time in points scored, 1st in rebounds, and fourth in blocks!

Down below are Aldridge's accolades:

  • 7x NBA All-Star
  • 2x All-NBA Second Team
  • 3x All-NBA Third Team
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team

Terry Porter
Terry Porter

5. Terry Porter

Porter is arguably Portland's greatest play maker and was Clyde Drexler's right hand man during the 80s and 90s. A multi time all star, Porter dished out many assists to Drexler and company, eventually appearing in the 1992 NBA Finals.

Drafted 24th overall in the 1985 NBA Draft, Porter spent 10 years in Portland where he became fourth in all time scoring, all time assists leader, and second in all time steals.

Down below are Porter's accolades:

  • 2x NBA All-Star
  • No. 30 Retired by Portland Trail Blazers

Brandon Roy
Brandon Roy

6. Brandon Roy

Roy is another example of a player whose promising career got derailed by injuries, which is unfortunate. Roy was an explosive player in the late 2000's for the Trail Blazers, but his knees slowly deteriorated, ending his short career.

Roy was probably most famous for his clutch buzzer beater aganist the Houston Rockets in the playoffs, which was incredible.

Drafted 6th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft, he was traded from the Minnesota Timber Wolves on draft right to the Blazers.

Down below are Roy's accolades:

  • 3x NBA All-Star
  • 1x All-NBA Second Team
  • 1x All-NBA Third Team
  • NBA Rookie of the Year
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team

Rasheed Wallace
Rasheed Wallace

7. Rasheed Wallace

Wallace was drafted right after Drexler and company left Portland, and had to lead the team into a new direction. It worked, as him and other players pushed Portand to a Western Conference Finals appearance in 2000

Drafted 4th overall in the 1995 NBA Draft, Wallace is ninth all time in scoring, seventh all time in rebounds, and third all time in blocks.

Down below are Wallace's accolades:

  • NBA Champion (2004)
  • 4x NBA All-Star
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team

Arvydas Sabonis
Arvydas Sabonis

8. Arvydas Sabonis

Sabonis played most of his career overseas, he was an instrumental piece in the late 90s success for the Blazers. Although he was a bit old, he still put up solid numbers as a starting center for the team.

Drafted in 1981, he refused to play in the NBA until 1996 and played five years in the NBA. He ranks 8th all time in rebounds and 8th in blocks.

Here is Sabonis' accolades:

  • Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Euroleague Hall of Fame.

Cliff Robinson
Cliff Robinson

9. Cliff Robinson

Robinson was Portland's Power Forward during the late 80s early 90s on the team alongside Drexler and Porter and was an instrumental piece in winning. Cliff played eight seasons for the Blazers, and put up solid numbers.

Drafted 36th overall in the 1989 NBA Draft, Robinson is fifth in all time scoring, tenth in all time rebounds, and third in steals.

Here are Robinson's accolades:

  • 1x NBA All-Star
  • 2x NBA All-Defensive Second Team
  • 1x Sixth Man of the Year

Jerome Kersey
Jerome Kersey

10. Jerome Kersey

Rounding our top ten, Kersey takes this spot as he was an absolute dog on the defensive side of the basketball, making up what Drexler and Porter couldn't do. He did most of the dirty work on that side of the ball.

Drafted 46th overall in the 1984 NBA Draft, Kersey is 6th all time in points, third all time in rebounds, ninth in assists, and sixth in blocks.

Here are Kersey's accolades:

  • 1x NBA Champion (1999)

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      5 weeks ago from Anywhere

      Clyde is an obvious number one. Walton could have been the greatest center ever if they had the medical procedures we have today

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