Portland Trail Blazers: 15 Greatest Scorers of All-Time

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Mychal Thompson
PF (1978-1986)
  • 16.7 PPG, 8 seasons
  • 9th in franchise history in points (9,215)
  • 1st in franchise history in blocks (768)

Mychal Thompson is well known as the father of Klay Thompson, but he was a great player in his own right.

The Blazers selected Thompson first overall in the 1978 NBA Draft. Thompson averaged 14.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in his first season and was selected to the All-Rookie Team.

Unfortunately, he missed the entire 1979-80 season with a leg injury. Thankfully, Thompson returned the following season and averaged 17 points per game.

Thompson had perhaps his best season in 1981-82. He averaged 20.8 points and 11.7 rebounds.

Thompson continued to be a strong presence down low for the team until the 1986 season when he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs for Steve Johnson.

Thompson was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers not long after and won titles in 1987 and 1988 backing up Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Thompson did not have the versatile offensive game that Wallace had, but he was a dominant post scorer. Thompson was able to average more than 20 points per game in a season and has more points in a Blazer uniform than Wallace, which is why he is placed higher on our list.

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