Feb 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets former guard Clyde Drexler speaks to the media after the 2013 basketball hall of fame finalists press conference at the Hilton Americas. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Build your All-Time Portland Trail Blazers Team


To help fill the Trail Blazers void that playoff elimination has created, I’ve put together a little game for you and your friends to tinker with. It is an offshoot of a budgeting exercise that now serves the purpose of entertainment – specifically for fans of the Portland Trail Blazers. Here is how it works:

You have $15 to spend on a five-man basketball team, composed of Trail Blazers, past and present. You must select one player from each position. Each player has been assigned a value between one dollar and five dollars, loosely based on merit.

Assume that each player is playing at the peak they achieved as a Trail Blazer. This means that players like Brandon Roy and Bill Walton will be healthy as ever, while we avoid the ‘what-could-have-been’ of a prime time Arvydas Sabonis.

Although statistics cannot show things like Kiki Vandeweghe’s complete lack of defense, I have provided some stats to make things easier.

 

Trail Blazers Super Team

 

Point guards

$5 – 1989 Terry Porter : 17.7 PTS, 9.5 AST, 4.5 TRB

$4 – 2014 Damian Lillard: 20.7 PTS, 5.6 AST, 3.5 TRB

$3 – 1971 Geoff Petrie: 24.8 PTS, 4.8 AST, 3.4 TRB

$2 – 1978 Lionel Hollins: 15.9 PTS, 4.7 AST,  1.9 STL

$1 – 1996 Rod Strickland: 18.7 PTS, 9.6 AST, 4.4 TRB

 

Shooting guards

$5 – 1989 Clyde Drexler: 27.2 PTS, 5.8 AST, 7.9 TRB, 2.7 STL

$4 – 2009 Brandon Roy: 22.6 PTS, 5.1 AST, 4.7 TRB

$3 – 1983 Jim Paxson: 21.7 PTS, 2.9 AST, 1.7 STL

$2 – 2014 Wesley Matthews: 16.4 PTS, 2.4 AST, 3.5 TRB

$1 – 1998 Isaiah Rider: 19.7 PTS, 3.1 AST, 4.7 TRB

 

Small forwards

$5 – 1988 Jerome Kersey: 19.2 PTS, 3.1 AST, 8.3 TRB, 1.6 STL

$4 – 2000 Scottie Pippen: 12.5 PTS, 5.0 AST, 6.3 TRB, 1.4 STL

$3 – 1987 Kiki Vandeweghe: 26.9 PTS, 2.8 AST, 3.2 TRB

$2 – 1996 Clifford Robinson: 21.3 PTS, 2.6 AST, 5.6 TRB

$1 – 2014 Nicolas Batum: 13.0 PTS, 5.1 AST, 7.5 TRB

 

Power forwards

$5 – 2014 LaMarcus Aldridge: 23.2 PTS, 2.6 AST, 11.1 TRB

$4 – 1977 Maurice Lucas: 20.2 PTS, 2.9 AST, 11.4 TRB

$3 – 2001 Rasheed Wallace: 19.2 PTS, 2.8 AST, 7.8 TRB, 1.8 BLK

$2 – 2007 Zach Randolph: 23.6 PTS, 2.2 AST, 10.1 TRB

$1 – 1990 Buck Williams: 13.6 PTS, 1.4 AST, 9.8 TRB

 

Centers

$5 – 1977 Bill Walton: 18.6 PTS, 3.8 AST, 14.4 TRB, 3.2 BLK

$4 – 1998 Arvydas Sabonis: 16.0 PTS, 3.0 AST, 10.0 TRB

$3 – 1989 Kevin Duckworth: 18.1 PTS, 0.8 AST, 8.0 TRB

$2 – 2014 Robin Lopez: 11.1 PTS, 8.5 TRB, 1.7 BLK

$1 – 2004* Theo Ratliff: 7.3 PTS, 7.3 TRB, 4.4 BLK

 

Make your team, check your math, and see how your creation stacks up against others. I am always eager to hear what people come up with, so feel free to comment below or tweet your lineup to @ripcityproject.

 

 

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  • Luke Ward

    petrie
    rider
    cliff robinson
    arvidas sabonis
    walton

  • Hermistonmelons

    So, we had Moses Malone and Brian Grant. Niether listed here. I take them and it costs me zero dollars… I go Pippen and Drexler with Lillard. That puts me at $13.00. Then I can Add Buck Williams and Nico Batum (Batum allows me to play a style similar to Pippens). We have rebounding, scoring and interior defense galore.

    • Hermistonmelons

      Salary caps aren’t hard if you can sign great players for nothing ;-}

    • David MacKay

      Moses Malone never played for the Trail Blazers, but I commend your creativity.

      • Hermistonmelons

        Ahhh, Moses was briefly a Blazer. I don’t recall if he played. I was in the 5th grade and it was a long time ago…

        So, actually, Lionel Hollins was a 2 wasn’t he? Dave Twardzdik started the year as a 1 and Johnny Davis finished it after a back injury…

        Walton~$5
        Brian Grant~ $0
        Pippen~$4
        Hollins`$2
        Lillard~$4

        What’s more interesting to me is what one could “fill the bench out with” after the $15.00 is gone. For instance, Marcus Camby, Kermit Washington and Lloyd Neal as my backup Bigs. Danny Ainge as a backup guard… I’ll take Bobby Gross as a backup forward.

  • http://theleaguenews.com/ Randy Ulatowski

    Dame
    Brandon
    Uncle Cliffy
    Z-Bo
    The Original KD

  • Josh

    Strickland
    The Glide
    Batum
    Maurice Lucas
    Sabonis

  • Draftdog

    $5 Bill Walton

    $1 Nicolas Batum
    $2 Lionel Hollins
    $4 Brandon Roy
    $3 Rasheed Wallace

    Bill Walton = Bill Walton
    Nicolas Batum > Bobby Gross
    Lionel Hollins = Lionel Hollins
    Brandon Roy >>>> Johnny Davis Dave Twardzik or Larry Steel or TR Dunn

    Rasheed Wallace < Maurice Lucas

    This team wins the championship today (if of course they are all in their prime) because of the incomparable Bill Walton, the upgrade at small forward and the huge upgrade at shooting guard. The only slippage is at power forward and Sheed is just a half click under Lucas. If memory serves me right, Lionel moved to the 2 guard when Ole Pinball came into the game.