Throughout their history, the Portland Trail Blazers have been one of the NBA’s most consistently great teams. After their first six years as an expansion franchise, the Blazers made the playoffs in 26 out of the next 27 seasons, winning the NBA Finals in their first ever playoff appearance. The organization’s lifetime .534 winning percentage is the sixth highest in NBA history. Carrying the team to this success, the best players in Portland Trail Blazers franchise history are led by Hall of Fame guard Clyde Drexler.
The all-time leading scorer in Portland Trail Blazers history is “The Glide,” Clyde Drexler. Drafted by Portland in 1983, Drexler developed into one of the NBA’s elite perimeter players. With 18,040 points in Portland, Drexler has nearly 7,000 more than number two scorer Terry Porter. In 12 years with the Blazers, Drexler earned spots on eight All-Star teams and five All-NBA teams. His 2,207 career steals rank seventh overall in NBA history; he also sits 27th in assists with 6,125 and 23rd in points with 22,195.
A top player in Portland Trail Blazers franchise history, Bill Walton spent first four and the best four years of his career with the team. Walton was a great center who had trouble staying healthy throughout his career. With the Blazers, he posted averages of 17.1 points, 13.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.6 blocks, but he managed only 52 games per season. Walton was a major part of the beginning of Portland’s decades-long sting of success. In his third season, he led the team to its first playoff appearance and carried them to the 1977 NBA Championship, winning the Finals MVP in the process. In his final season with the Blazers, Walton was named the 1978 NBA MVP; he remains the only Blazer to ever earn the award.
After being drafted by the Blazers in 1971, big man Sidney Wicks had a brilliant five year run in Portland. Wicks won the 1972 Rookie of the Year Award and made the All-Star team in each of his first four seasons. With the Blazers, Wicks averaged 22.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game. He has the second highest scoring average in Portland Trail Blazers history.
Guard Geoff Petrie was the first ever draft pick in Portland Trail Blazers history. In 1970, he shared the Rookie of the Year Award with Celtics’ star Dave Cowens thanks to a 25-points per game average. From 1972 to 1976, Petrie and Wicks formed a superb inside-outside scoring duo, boosting the brand new Blazers franchise from an 18-win cellar dweller to a 37-win team within striking distance of the playoffs. Petrie was Portland’s first ever All-Star, playing in the 1971 and 1974 games. Just six seasons in, Petrie’s career was cut short by injuries.
The Blazers’ current team leader and one of the best young players in the NBA is guard Brandon Roy. The team’s latest winner of a Rookie of the Year Award, Roy took home the trophy in 2007 with averages of 16.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, and four assists in his first year. Since then,
Roy has become a reliable 20-per game scorer and evolved as a complete player. He has made the last three NBA All-Star games and helped the Blazers evolve from a 21-win team in 2006 to a 50-plus-game winning contender in each of the last two years.
Other top players in the history of the Portland Trail Blazers include Terry Porter, Kiki Vandeweghe, Rasheed Wallace, Rod Strickland, Cliff Robinson, Calvin Natt, and Mychal Thompson.