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The Best Portland Trail Blazers of All Time

Updated May 10, 2021 40.2k votes 6.6k voters 52.9k views100 items

List RulesPlease rank the players based only on their time with the Trail Blazers

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 Petrović

    Shooting guard

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

    Dražen Petrović (pronounced [drǎʒen pětroʋitɕ]; 22 October 1964 – 7 June 1993) was a Croatian professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he initially achieved success playing professional...  more

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    Damian Lillard

    Point guard

    BirthplaceOakland, California

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. Lillard is a 6 ft 3 in point guard from Oakland,...  more

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    Clyde Drexler

    Shooting guard

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

    Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is an American former professional basketball player who is the commissioner of the Big3 3-on-3 basketball league. Nicknamed "Clyde the Glide", he played 15...  more

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    BirthplaceNorth Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

    TeamsPortland Trailblazers, Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets

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    BirthplaceLa Mesa, California

    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 and television sportscaster. Walton played for John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins in the early 1970s, winning...  more

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    Gerald Wallace

    Small forward, Power forward

    BirthplaceSylacauga, Alabama

    TeamsPortland Trailblazers, Charlotte Bobcats, Sacramento Kings

    Gerald Jermaine Wallace (born July 23, 1982) is an American retired professional basketball player. He was named an NBA All-Star and voted to the NBA All-Defensive First Team while with the Charlotte...  more

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    Lenny Wilkens

    Point guard

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, St. Louis Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

    Leonard Randolph Wilkens (born October 28, 1937) is an American former basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been inducted three times into the Naismith...  more

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    Damon Stoudamire

    Point guard

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors

    Damon Lamon Stoudamire (born September 3, 1973) is an American retired professional basketball player and the current head men's basketball coach at the University of the Pacific. The 5 ft 10 in...  more

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    Bonzi Wells

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    BirthplaceCenter Township, Muncie, Indiana

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans

    Gawen DeAngelo "Bonzi" Wells (born September 28, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player. He played college basketball at Ball State University and was drafted in the 1998 NBA...  more
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    Bob Gross

    Small forward

    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 the NBA. A 6'6" (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) forward, he attended Seattle University and California State...  more
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    Steve Smith

    Shooting guard

    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 currently a basketball analyst for Turner Sports. After a collegiate career with Michigan State, he played...  more

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    Al-Farouq Aminu

    Small forward, Power forward

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    TeamsPortland Trailblazers, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Hornets

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    Ed Davis

    Center

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    TeamsPortland Trailblazers, Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Lionel Hollins

    Point guard

    BirthplaceArkansas City, Kansas

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

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    Marcus Camby

    Power forward, Center

    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, United States of America

    TeamsToronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks

    Marcus Dion Camby (born March 22, 1974) is a American retired professional basketball player who played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He was named Defensive Player of the Year...  more

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    Kevin Duckworth

    Center

    BirthplaceHarvey, Illinois

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kevin James Duckworth (April 1, 1964 – August 25, 2008) was an American professional basketball player at center in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A native of Illinois, he played college...  more

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    C. J. McCollum

    Shooting guard

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio, United States of America

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Christian James McCollum (born September 19, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). During his third year in...  more

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    Danny Ainge

    Shooting guard

    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 professional basketball and baseball player. Ainge is currently the general manager and President of Basketball...  more

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    Jerome Kersey

    Small forward

    BirthplaceClarksville, Virginia

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks

    Jerome Kersey (June 26, 1962 – February 18, 2015) was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the Portland Trail Blazers (1984–1995),...  more
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    Lloyd Neal

    Power forward, Center

    BirthplaceTalbotton, Georgia

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Lloyd Neal (born December 10, 1950) is an American former professional basketball player born in Talbotton, Georgia. A 6'7" center/forward from Tennessee State University, Neal spent his entire...  more
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    Brandon Roy

    Point guard

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Brandon Dawayne Roy (born July 23, 1984) is an American basketball coach and a former professional basketball player. Roy played six seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the...  more

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    LaMarcus Aldridge

    Power forward

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    TeamsPortland Trailblazers (2006-2015), San Antonio Spurs (2015-2021), Brooklyn Nets (2021)

    LaMarcus Nurae Aldridge (born July 19, 1985) is an American former professional basketball player. He played college basketball for two seasons with the Texas Longhorns. Aldridge was selected second...  more

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    Mychal Thompson

    Power forward, Center

    BirthplaceNassau, Bahamas

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers

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    Dave Twardzik

    Point guard

    BirthplaceHershey, Pennsylvania

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    David John Twardzik (born September 20, 1950) is an American former professional basketball player. He was a point guard in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball...  more
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    BirthplaceKaunas, Lithuania

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

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