Ranking the top 10 Portland Trail Blazers of all time

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Bill Walton, Portland Trail Blazers
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No. 3 – Bill Walton

Bill Walton was the Blazers’ first overall pick out of UCLA in 1974. Like Aldridge, Walton’s career peak was also with Portland.

Walton’s two All-Star appearances were in his last two seasons with the Blazers. He averaged more than 18 points in both years. However, his contributions and impact on the floor went way beyond scoring.

In those seasons, Walton averaged more than 13 rebounds, 4 assists, and close to 3 blocks. He was an elite rebounder, passer, and rim protector.

The Blazers won the 1977 title, and Walton led the entire league in rebounding (14) and blocks per game (3).

He knew how to put his team in the best position to win and did it at every level. As a result, Walton won two championships at UCLA (1972 and 1973) and two in the NBA, one with Portland (1977) and the other with Boston (1986).

Walton was the Finals MVP in his championship run with the Blazers, averaging 19 points and 19 rebounds.

That following 1978 season, he was awarded NBA MVP. That season, he improved his playmaking to average 5 assists as a center.

Unfortunately, Walton’s career was limited by foot injuries. He missed four seasons throughout his career due to recurring foot issues. When he returned, Walton didn’t seem to be the same elite player he once was with the Blazers. He was still great, but not entirely on the same level of dominance.

Don’t be fooled by his unique personality; Walton had one of the highest basketball IQs in the game. He knew what it took to win and did exactly that. His number 32 jersey is retired in Portland.