The Portland Trail Blazers might have had some terrible luck over the years and at times, they are viewed as being a bit of a snake-bitten franchise.
That being said, they have had some lean times and they have one title in their history. Some might even say that they have had some of the most successful runs in the history of basketball, even with their lack of trophies. If you are interested in finding out more about the team or if you want to know more about the players who have managed to make it all happen then simply look below.
Brandon Roy would be higher on this list if he didn’t have his career cut short by the number of injuries he experienced over the years. He was about to take the league by storm and he was putting up numbers that could have made him one of the best players in the league of his generation.
The problem is that he had a chronic knee injury, and this held him back. He was a very intelligent player, and he did everything he could to try and combine his athleticism with his deadly midrange. He had a good mentality, and he was the perfect player all-round.
He only had 5 seasons with Rip City but in that time, he managed to win Rookie of the Year as well as 3 appearances in the All-Star game. On top of this, he had two All-NBA achievements. He also managed to come out with an average of 19 points and 4.7 assists in every game. Blazers fans often dream of what he could have achieved had he not had his knee injury, but either way, he will certainly go down as being one of the finest.
The numbers that Buck Williams was putting up might not jump off the page. He managed 10 points per game and he had 8.7 rebounds, but at the end of the day, he was solid when it came to interior defense.
He was with the team for 7 seasons and he was a staple when you look at the starting line-up. He was dedicated and he never really missed a game. Before he went to Portland, he was known as being an offensive player, but he was so effective at rebounding, this soon changed. He was complemented by the offense that centered around Clyde Drexler as well, which really helped him to become everything that he was born to be.
Many fans felt as though Sabonis made the jump to the league a touch too late. He decided to play on US soil when he was 31-years of age, and if you were lucky enough to see him in action, then you will understand the rave reviews that he had.
He spent his prime overseas and by the time he was able to suit up for the Blazers, his stats weren’t as good as they could have been. That being said, he was a big man, smart and creative. He was able to wow the audience and he was able to find teammates with a remarkable amount of precision. He was able to make the offense look simple and this is one of the reasons why he will go down in history.
If there was anything that helped to soften the blow after Roy’s retirement, it was the one and only LaMarcus Aldridge. During his rookie season, Aldridge was buried in a backup role, and it wasn’t until he got to his sophomore year that he was able to shift to power forward.
This helped him to cement himself and the legacy that he has made so far. Aldridge has a brilliant low-post came and he has a fantastic jumper for a bigger man. The one thing that held him back from being much higher in this list is that he was not able to carry the Blazers on his own. They missed the 2012 and the 2013 season playoffs when he was the number one option for the team.
Bill Walton really is another case where chronic injuries held him back. They cut his career far too early and they also cut a lot of his seasons short as well. Bill was the first pick in 1974, and he was one of the main reasons why the Blazers were able to secure their championship He came out with 18.6 points per game and he also led the league in rebounds, at 14.4. He also managed 3.2 blocks per game.
When he did reach the finals with the team, he was the MVP in the finals. His accomplishments have resulted in his jersey being retired and he has also been listed as being one of the top 50 players of all time in the year 1996. He’s now in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Damian Lillard is somewhat synonymous with Rip City. Some even go as far as to say that he is the greatest Blazer ever, but at the end of the day, he still has more potential yet. He is an All-NBA guard and he has had an incredible run so far.
He has signed an extension that keeps him with the team until 2025 and he carried the Blazers to their win in 2019 at the Western Conference Finals. His shot will forever go down as being one of the greatest shots ever, and he has etched himself into the hearts of the fans too. Want to know more about Lillard? Check out these best Damian Lillard quotes.
Without a doubt, Clyde Drexler is the undisputed king of the Blazers. He played 12 seasons, he has 8 All-Stars under his belt and he’s a franchise leader in points, steals and games played. He has two appearances in the finals and to top it all off, he is a Hall of Famer.
It’s unfortunate that his career aligned with that of Michael Jordan’s, or else he would have much more recognition and he may even have another title to his name.