Portland Trail Blazers fan favorite tournament: Final Four

Wesley Matthews #2 of the Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Wesley Matthews #2 of the Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Which two players are the biggest fan favorites in Portland Trail Blazers history? Rip City Project took to Twitter to determine the answer!

Thousands of votes have been cast. A dozen contestants have fallen victim to another player in their quest to earn the namesake of “Fan Favorite”. Now, only two remain in the running for title. Who is most deserving to represent the Portland Trail Blazers as the most beloved player in franchise history?

Damon Stoudamire, Joel Przybilla, Robin Lopez and Wesley Matthews would be the only faces to enter this hotly contested round. Despite all their achievements and value to the franchise, only two very special players could advance. Let’s dig into things and see how the dust settled.

Here’s a look at how the bracket looked entering the final two rounds of the tournament.

Final Four Matchups

Damon Stoudamire vs. Joel Przybilla

Who they beat to get here:

  • Stoudamire: Nic Batum, Evan Turner
  • Przybilla: Bonzi Wells, Martell Webster

The “Mighty Mouse” scrambled up the bracket to reach the final round, where he’d encounter an animal of much larger proportions in Joel Przybilla. Stoudamire was no stranger to close encounters however, just barely scraping by Batum in the previous round. This positive momentum proved beneficial as he would go on to take out Przybilla by a very narrow margin to advance to the finals.


Robin Lopez vs. Wesley Matthews

Who they beat to get here:

  • Lopez: Gerald Wallace, Darius Miles
  • Matthews: Ed Davis, Al-Farouq Aminu

Robin Lopez endeared himself to the fans with his goofy nature and antics off the court, including the infamous war on mascots that begun in Portland and has carried all the way into 2019. However, it wouldn’t be enough in the face of the dominating presence Wesley Matthews has been in the tournament. Matthews has yet to receive less than 75 percent of votes in any round thus far and that would prove no different here. Sorry RoLo, you very well might have been a worthy second-place finisher, but not today.

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The final round voting is currently underway via Twitter. If you’d like to see the updated bracket, click here. If you’d like to submit your vote for the final matchup between Stoudamire and Matthews, click here. Thanks for playing!