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The Best Portland Trail Blazers of All Time

Updated April 8, 2020 37.9k votes 5.6k voters 50.3k views82 items

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A list of the best Portland Trail Blazers of all time. The only major sports franchise in Rip City, the Trail Blazers have been a source of civic pride in Portland since its inception in 1970. The Blazers notoriously have the worst draft luck in the NBA. But it wasn't always that way. Though the team had solid players in its early years, no one would could compare to when the team draft Bill Walton. The UCLA star is considered one of the best centers ever. Along with the addition of Maurice Lucas, the Blazers became one of the best teams in the NBA. Portland won the NBA championship in 1977 and seemed like it was on the cusp of a dynasty until Walton broke his foot.

Despite losing Walton, the Blazers were consistent winners throughout its history. They were helped by the play of the greatest players in its history. Hall of Fame guard Clyde Drexler led the team in the 1980s and players like Terry Porter and Jerome Kersey were other excellent players who contributed to those winning teams. Though the team made a huge mistake in drafting Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan in 1984, the Blazers made two NBA Finals appearances in 1990 and 1992. 

The end of the 1990s saw the team's next wave of success. Behind All Star power forward Rasheed Wallace, the Trailblazers were a consistent threat to win the NBA championship. As great of a player as Wallace was, the team couldn't quite get over the proverbial hump.

This is a list of the best Portland Trail Blazers of all time. If you notice someone isn't on the list and should be, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think is the great Blazers player of all time.  
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  • Dražen Petrović1
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    Dražen Petrović

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

    Dražen Petrović (pronounced [drǎʒen pětroʋitɕ]; 22 October 1964 – 7 June 1993) was a Croatian...  more

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    #247 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#1 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s

  • Damian Lillard2
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    Damian Lillard

    Point guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceOakland, California

    Number0

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland...  more

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    #7 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#2 of 76 The Best Point Guards Currently in the NBA

  • Bill Walton3
    1,100
    1,131

    Age68

    BirthplaceLa Mesa, California, United States of America

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers, Los Angeles Clippers

    William Theodore Walton III (born November 5, 1952) is an American retired basketball player...  more

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    #15 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#57 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

  • Brian Grant4
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    Brian Grant

    Power forward, Center

    Age47

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

    Brian Wade Grant (born March 5, 1972) is a retired American basketball player. He played the...  more

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    #39 of 61 The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time#9 of 35 The Best Portland Trail Blazers Centers of All Time

  • Danny Ainge5
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    108

    Danny Ainge

    Shooting guard

    Age61

    BirthplaceEugene, Oregon, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics

    Daniel Ray Ainge (born March 17, 1959) is an American basketball executive and former...  more

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    #5 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#148 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

  • Lionel Hollins6
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    126

    Lionel Hollins

    Point guard

    Age66

    BirthplaceArkansas City, Kansas

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, San Diego Clippers, Detroit Pistons

    Lionel Eugene Hollins (born October 19, 1953) is an American professional basketball coach and...  more
  • Calvin Natt7
    84
    61

    Calvin Natt

    Small forward

    Age62

    BirthplaceMonroe, Louisiana

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets

    Calvin Leon Natt (born January 8, 1957) is a retired American professional basketball player. ...  more
  • Rod Strickland8
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    188

    Rod Strickland

    Point guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

    Rodney Strickland (born July 11, 1966) is an American basketball executive and retired...  more
  • Jusuf Nurkić9
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    72

    Age26

    BirthplaceŽivinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Number27

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Jusuf Nurkić (born August 23, 1994) is a Bosnian professional basketball player who currently...  more

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    #113 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#14 of 50 The Best NBA Centers Right Now

  • Bob Gross10
    105
    75

    Bob Gross

    Small forward

    Age66

    BirthplaceSan Pedro, Los Angeles, California

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, San Diego Clippers

    Robert Edwin Gross (born August 3, 1953) is a retired American basketball player formerly in...  more
  • Steve Smith11
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    101

    Steve Smith

    Shooting guard

    Age50

    BirthplaceDetroit, Highland Park, Michigan

    TeamsCharlotte Bobcats, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat

    Steven Delano Smith (born March 31, 1969) is an American retired basketball player who is...  more

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    #612 of 874 Big Grid relations#26 of 27 The Best NCAA Shooting Guards of the 90s

  • Lloyd Neal12
    76
    54

    Lloyd Neal

    Power forward, Center

    Age69

    BirthplaceTalbotton, Georgia

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Lloyd Neal (born December 10, 1950) is an American former professional basketball player born...  more
  • Wesley Matthews13
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    Wesley Matthews

    Shooting guard

    Age33

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas

    Number23

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

    Wesley Joel Matthews Jr. (born October 14, 1986) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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    #125 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#230 of 294 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

  • Clyde Drexler14
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    1,481

    Clyde Drexler

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age58

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

    Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is an American former professional basketball player...  more

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    #3 of 26 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 80s#4 of 29 The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s

  • Maurice Lucas15
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    Maurice Lucas

    Power forward

    AgeDec. at 58 (1952-2010)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks

    Maurice Lucas (February 18, 1952 – October 31, 2010) was an American professional basketball...  more
  • Scottie Pippen16
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    Scottie Pippen

    Small forward

    Age55

    BirthplaceHamburg, Arkansas, United States of America

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls

    Scotty Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965), commonly spelled Scottie Pippen, is an...  more

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    #462 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#2 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

  • Nicolas Batum17
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    149

    Nicolas Batum

    Small forward

    Age31

    BirthplaceLisieux, France

    Number88

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets

    Nicolas Batum (; born December 14, 1988) is a French professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #58 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time#53 of 146 The Best European NBA Players of All Time

  • Kiki Vandeweghe18
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    Kiki Vandeweghe

    Small forward

    Age62

    BirthplaceWiesbaden, Germany

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks

    Ernest Maurice "Kiki" VanDeWeghe III (born August 1, 1958) is an American basketball...  more

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    #12 of 42 The Greatest UCLA Basketball Players of All Time#21 of 22 The Best Small Forwards of the 90s

  • Jim Paxson19
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    Jim Paxson

    Shooting guard, Swingman

    Age62

    BirthplaceKettering, Ohio

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

    James Joseph Paxson (born July 9, 1957) is an American retired professional basketball player....  more

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    #32 of 169 The Best NBA Players from Ohio#5 of 26 The Best Portland Trail Blazers Shooting Guards of All Time

  • C. J. McCollum20
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    C. J. McCollum

    Shooting guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio, United States of America

    Number3

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Christian James McCollum (born September 19, 1991) is an American professional basketball...  more

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    #63 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#33 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

  • Cliff Robinson21
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    Cliff Robinson

    Power forward, Center

    Age54

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons

    Clifford Ralph Robinson (born December 16, 1966) is an American retired professional...  more

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    #8 of 41 The Greatest UConn Basketball Players of All Time#73 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

  • Brandon Roy22
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    857

    Brandon Roy

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age35

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Number3

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Brandon Dawayne Roy (born July 23, 1984) is an American basketball coach and a former...  more

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    #83 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History#37 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

  • Buck Williams23
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    Buck Williams

    Power forward

    Age60

    BirthplaceRocky Mount, North Carolina

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

    Charles Linwood Williams (born March 8, 1960) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
  • Mychal Thompson24
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    Mychal Thompson

    Power forward, Center

    Age64

    BirthplaceNassau, Bahamas

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers

    Mychal George Thompson (born January 30, 1955) is a Bahamian former basketball player. The No....  more
  • Maurice Harkless25
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    Maurice Harkless

    Small forward

    Age27

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Number21

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

    Maurice José Harkless (born May 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for...  more