Greatest Trail Blazers Team: Small Forward
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 09/23/2010 12:54 PM

    Who is the Greatest Small Forward in Trail Blazers History?
    Jerome Kersey (24)
    Calvin Natt (2)
    Scottie Pippen (12)
    Kiki Vandeweghe (3)
    After voting in ESPN's Greatest Trail Blazers Starting 5 , I wanted to take it one step further and find out why people voted the way they did. So here's how this will play out. Every 3-5 days or so, I'll post a new poll with 5 options for that specific position. Once the Starting 5 is taken care of, there will be a vote for 'Super Subs' where I'll pool together a list of the players who didn't win their position battles. Users will be able to vote up to 3 players(1 center, 1 froward, 1 guard) to fill out our 8-man rotation. Chemistry matters as well, so we will need to vote on 4 role players to fill out the roster. These players will consist of Trail Blazers who came off the bench the majority of their playing career. Once we have our team in place, they need someone to coach them, right?  All right, here we go...

    Note: All Notable information courtesy of and Trail Blazers media guide

    Small Forward

    Jerome Kersey
    : 6'7", 215 lbs, Longwood University

    Seasons in Portland: 11 (1984-95)

    Stats: 831 games, 12.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.1 apg

    Notable: Ranks 2nd all-time in total rebounds (5,078), 2nd all-time in games played (831), 3rd all-time in steals (1,059), 3rd all-time in minutes played (21,400), 3rd all-time in free throws made (2,071), 4th all-time in blocked shots (621)  4th all-time in field goals made (3,981), 4th all-time in points (10,067), and 8th all-time in assists (1,762). Holds the Trail Blazers postseason record for most steals per game (3.33) over the course of the 89 playoffs. His 6 steals against the Spurs on 5/19/90 is the 2nd highest ever in a single game in Trail Blazers postseason history and his 14 field goals made against the Suns on 5/27/90 ranks 10th for a single game playoff performance.

    Calvin Natt:
    6'6", 220 lbs, University of Louisiana at Monroe

    Seasons in Portland: 5 (1979-1984)

    Stats: 333 games, 17.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.2 apg

    Notable: Ranks 2nd in field goal percentage All-Time (1,000 FGs made minimum) (.545), and is tied for 1st all-time for an individual playoff high in field goals made in one half against the Lakers on 4/26/83 (10). Natt had his best season in 1982-1983, when he was the team's second leading scorer, averaging 20.4 points and shot a team-high 54.3% from the field.

    Scottie Pippen: 6'8", 210 lbs, University of Central Arkansas

    Seasons in Portland: 4 (1999-2003)

    Stats: 272 games, 11.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5 apg

    Notable: Ranks 2nd all-time in 3 point field goals made (242). Acquired for six Trail Blazers in the summer of 1999. Ranks 5th all-time in steals per game in the postseason with 2.67 in 2001 and 6th all-time in three-point percentage (minimum 5 3-pt made) in the postseason with his .545 average (6-11) in 2002.

    Kiki Vandeweghe: 6'8", 220 lbs, University of California, Los Angeles

    Seasons in Portland: 5 (1984-1989)

    Stats: 285 games, 23.5 ppg, 2.2 apg, 2.9 rpg

    Notable: Ranks 1st all-time in free throw percentage (minimum 500 free throws made) (.881), 4th all-time in field goal percentage (minimum 1,0000 field goals made) (.526), and 9th all-time in free throws made (1,547). Kiki holds the 2nd and 9th highest postseason averages in Trail Blazers postseason history (28.0 ppg in '86, 24.8 ppg in '87). Led the team in scoring in 1985 (22.4), 1986 (24.8 ppg), and in 1987 (26.9 ppg).

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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 09/23/2010 1:03 PM

    Since we are determining the best Trail Blazers TEAM, I went with Jerome. Pippen had the best career out of them all, but we don't get Chicago Scottie, we can only choose from the Pip from his Trail Blazers years, which were good but not great by any means. It was down to Kersey or Kiki for myself, but with so much scoring already in the backcourt, the team needs defense and Kiki might find a spot on the bench but we needed Jerome's hustle, defensive intensity, and determination. He reminds me a lot of Batum in how we use him now.
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  1. Fallen_Deity
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    Posted 09/23/2010 1:43 PM

    I went with Jerome because his game imo was more dominate that Kiki's

    ots- does the picture of Calvin Natt kinda look like a slim Oden to anybody else?
    I am a fan of competing til the final buzzer!!!!!!!!!!
  1. commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 09/23/2010 2:07 PM

    If the question is still, who's the best sf to play for the Blazers, i got to go with Sottie. The best defensive point forward that i've ever seen play, period. If he were 1 " taller and 40lbs heavier, he would be the barometer with which we would gage LeBron's success. When he was a Blazer, i sure as hell wanted the rock in his hands in fourth quarters that we neede to win. There's only a hand full of people you want with the rock on their hands in critical situations. Jordan,  Pip, Brandon, Kobe, LeBron. To be sure there are countless others that are close, but thats no cigar. Im not talking about guys with handles and can get a shot off. Im talking about guys who are big enough to attack any defender, protect the rock,and get a quality look for themselves or game winning assists.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. Lets-Go-Oden!!
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    Posted 09/23/2010 3:24 PM

    Gotta go with Jerome, he gave us a long consistent career.
  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 09/23/2010 3:59 PM

    Mercy Mercy hands down! Pippen was good and a great leader but I think he'd be too ball dominant on a team who already has a phenomenal backcourt. His defense, by the time we got him, was clearly deteriorating and I'll take a prime Kersey over a declining Pippen any day of the week. He put up better stats than Pip did as a Trail Blazer and he just knew how to finish on the break like none other!
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
  1. barnettfan
    Posts: 392

    Posted 09/23/2010 4:02 PM

    I thought Bob Gross had better numbers than some of these guys guess not. Would not matter though I still would go with Jerome Kersey. Commontongue dont forget to add Robert Hoary to the critical moment of who gets the ball in the final seconds there is a reason why he has 7 rings,there is a stat of who has the most game winning field goals in play offs and championships and it aint the hanes underwear guy.
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  1. McLegend
    Posts: 89

    Posted 09/23/2010 4:32 PM

    Yes he does oddly enough.

    Anyways I voted for Kersey. He was with us during our two runs to the finals and was a strong part of the good defensive team we had all those years ago. I wonder why Bob Gross isn't on here.
    I am a fan of making Kobe cry in the Western Conference Finals.
  1. Hopman27
    Posts: 86

    Posted 09/23/2010 5:37 PM

    Again, I wasn't aware of Blazers existence at the time.  Even though Pippen is great and all, I believe it was Kersey who had a much more impact for our team. 
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 09/23/2010 10:19 PM

    Had to go with Jerome "Crazy".  Will we EVER see the fast break like THAT team ran it...let alone, the thunderous finishes Kersey was famous for??  The "Hustle Board" could have been called the Kersey Board just as easily.  Not only do I put him as my top 3...he ranks right up there as one of my favs of all time.  Jerome was the epitome of a player that played WITH PASSION AND PRIDE.  He, along with teammates Terry, Clyde, Buck, Duck, and Ainge are the reason I will be a fan of this team as long as I'm occupying space above ground :).  The way that that team played seems noticeably absent in todays game...and besides, who could forget THIS:

    I honestly can't think of a player in todays game that dunks at full speed on the break with the ferocity that Jerome did.  Every throw down was a statement
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  1. Kassandra
    Posts: 466

    Posted 09/24/2010 10:31 AM

    i have to say that it seems as though Bob Gross should be at least one of the voting options.
    I am a fan of my team fighting to win each and every game.
  1. TayC
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    Posted 09/24/2010 8:36 PM

    pippen for sure
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 09/27/2010 10:06 AM

    Winner: Jerome Kersey
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  1. I''m OUT!
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    Posted 09/28/2010 1:43 AM

    OH I  missed it! Nice that Kersey won, I think he definitely was the most fun to watch. One more stat that should be added to his is hustle %. He'd seriously be at 2000%. They need to make a Jerome Kersey highlight Blu Ray and sell it.
    And yes Pippen was great with Jordan, but I still feel like Blazer fans forget it was Jordan who handled the ball in the 4th because he could score, not Pippen, so I have no idea why everyone expected Pippen to be Jordan here in the 4th! Yes Pippen handled the ball very well for a SF, but he wasn't a dominant scorer in any way, shape or form, especially in the 4th.
    I am a fan of comcast and the blazers making deals that keep screwing us over!! woot!
  1. Mulki Yerow
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    Posted 09/28/2010 5:31 PM

    I am great fan with the Portland Trail Blazers..LOLs ..!
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