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The Best Portland Trail Blazers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Updated July 26, 2019 297 votes 17 voters47 items

List RulesVote based only on career success with the Portland Trail Blazers. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

Every Portland Trail Blazers first-round pick has played a role in the history of the franchise. The franchise has picked up some top NBA talent in the draft like Damian Lillard, one of the best in the NBA right now, and Clyde Drexler, an all-time basketball legend.

But the franchise has won just one NBA championship and none since 1977. Some might blame all-time NBA draft busts like Greg Oden and Sam Bowie for the lengthy title drought. 

Which of these players had the most important impact on the Trail Blazers franchise? The stats shown reflect only the players’ time spent with Portland, and that’s what you should base your vote on. Did this player help improve the Trail Blazers during his time with the team?

  • Damian Lillard1

    Draft selection: 6 (2012)

    Stats
    549 games played, 23.5 ppg, 6.3 apg, 4.2 rpg, 1.0 spg

    Achievements
    4× NBA All-Star (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
    All-NBA First Team (2018)
    All-NBA Second Team (2016)
    All-NBA Third Team (2014)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (2013)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2013)

  • Travis Outlaw2

    Draft selection: 23 (2003)

    Stats
    377 games played, 9.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg

  • Tyrus Thomas3

    Draft selection: 4 (2006)

    Stats
    Never played for Blazers

  • Sergei Monia4

    Draft selection: 23 (2004)

    Stats
    23 games played, 3.3 ppg

  • Shawn Respert5

    Draft selection: 8 (1995)

    Stats
    Never played for Blazers

  • Terry Porter6

    Draft selection: 24 (1985)

    Stats
    758 games played, 14.9 ppg, 7.0 apg, 3.5 apg, 1.6 spg

    Achievements
    2× NBA All-Star (1991, 1993)

  • Victor Claver7
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    Victor Claver

    Draft selection: 22 (2009)

    Stats
    80 games played, 3.2 ppg

  • Clyde Drexler8

    Draft selection: 14 (1983)

    Stats
    867 games played, 20.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 5.7 apg, 2.1 apg

    Achievements
    8× NBA All-Star (1986, 1988–1994)
    All-NBA First Team (1992)
    2× All-NBA Second Team (1988, 1991)

  • C. J. McCollum9

    Draft selection: 10 (2013)

    Stats
    411 games played, 17.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.9 apg

    Achievements
    NBA Most Improved Player (2016)

  • Aaron McKie10

    Draft selection: 17 (1994)

    Stats
    167 games played, 7.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg

  • Alaa Abdelnaby11

    Draft selection: 25 (1990)

    Stats
    114 games played, 5.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg

  • Arvydas Sabonis12

    Draft selection: 24 (1986)

    Stats
    470 games played, 12.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.1 apg

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1996)

  • Bernard Thompson13
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    Bernard Thompson

    Draft selection: 19 (1984)

    Stats
    59 games played, 3.3 ppg

  • Brandon Rush14

    Draft selection: 13 (2008)

    Stats
    Never played for Blazers

  • Byron Irvin15
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    Byron Irvin

    Draft selection: 22 (1989)

    Stats
    50 games played, 5.2 ppg

  • Chris Anstey16

    Draft selection: 18 (1997)

    Stats
    Never played for Blazers

  • Darnell Valentine17

    Draft selection: 16 (1981)

    Stats
    300 games played, 9.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg

  • Dave Johnson18
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    Dave Johnson

    Draft selection: 26 (1992)

    Stats
    42 games played, 3.7 ppg

  • Erick Barkley19

    Draft selection: 28 (2000)

    Stats
    27 games played, 2.9 ppg

  • Greg Oden20

    Draft selection: 1 (2007)

    Stats
    82 games played, 9.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.4 bpg

  • James Robinson21
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    James Robinson

    Draft selection: 21 (1993)

    Stats
    205 games played, 7.7 ppg

  • Jeff Lamp22

    Draft selection: 15 (1981)

    Stats
    177 games played, 4.7 ppg

  • Jermaine O'Neal23

    Draft selection: 17 (1996)

    Stats
    211 games played, 3.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg

  • Jim Paxson24

    Draft selection: 12 (1979)

    Stats
    627 games played, 16.0 ppg, 3.2 apg

    Achievements
    2× NBA All-Star (1983, 1984)
    All-NBA Second Team (1984)

  • Joel Freeland25

    Draft selection: 30 (2006)

    Stats
    151 games played, 3.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg