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.

 

 

Tags: Clyde Drexler Damian Lillard LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers

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