When Damian Lillard was named to the 2017-2018 NBA All-Star team, it was the 41st time in franchise history that a Portland Trail Blazers player had been so honored.
Among NBA/ABA franchises, the Portland Trail Blazers have the seventh-best winning percentage (.534) in history. Only eight teams have made the playoffs more times than Portland, which has seen postseason action in 33 of its 48 years of existence.
That type of consistency, which for the Blazers comes gilded with an NBA title in 1977, requires a lot of things to go right. And it means that a lot of great players have passed through Rip City on their way to basketball immortality.
Let’s take a look at them, shall we?
What follows is a slideshow featuring all 16 Portland Trail Blazers to make the NBA All-Star team. It starts with Geoff Petrie during the team’s inaugural season in 1970-1971 and ends Sunday in Los Angeles, when Damian Lillard and Team Stephen take on Team LeBron.
Let’s start at the beginning — with Portland’s first All-Star.