Greatest Trail Blazers Team: Bench (Pick 7)
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 10/07/2010 1:15 PM

    Which 7 Trail Blazers should fill out the roster for the Greatest All-Time Team?
    Guard- Rod Strickland (15)
    Guard- Damon Stoudamire (20)
    Guard- Darnell Valentine (2)
    Guard- Danny Ainge (13)
    Guard- Jim Paxson (12)
    Guard- Geoff Petrie (18)
    Guard- Brandon Roy (56)
    Forward- Bobby Gross (3)
    Forward- Calvin Natt (2)
    Forward- Travis Outlaw (9)
    Forward- Scottie Pippen (42)
    Forward- Kiki Vandeweghe (17)
    Forward- LaMarcus Aldridge (32)
    Forward- Brian Grant (16)
    Forward- Lloyd Neal (3)
    Forward- Zach Randolph (7)
    Forward- Rasheed Wallace (28)
    Forward- Sidney Wicks (5)
    Forward- Buck Williams (37)
    Center- Kevin Duckworth (27)
    Center- Cliff Robinson (14)
    Center- Arvydas Sabonis (41)
    Center- Mychal Thompson (4)
    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 7 players to fill out our 8-man rotation. Once we have our team in place, they need someone to coach them, right?  We have the Starting 5 set, but now its time to finish out the 12 man roster. Here is a list of all the players at every position who did not win the starting job. I am adding a few additional players who strictly played the bench, because Chemistry does count and Bobby Gross as well, because there was a push for him to be included into the starting SF poll. PLEASE VOTE FOR ONLY 7 PLAYERS. Take the roster into consideration, so picking 4 additional centers doesn't really make much sense. All right, here we go...

    Point Guard- Terry Porter
    Shooting guard- Clyde Drexler
    Small Forward- Jerome Kersey
    Power Forward- Maurice Lucas
    Center- Bill Walton
    Coach- Jack Ramsey

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    Rod Strickland:
    6'3", 175 lbs, Depaul Univeristy

    Seasons in Portland: 5 (1992-1996, 2000-2001)

    Stats: 312 games, 16.2 ppg, 8.2 apg, 4.4 rpg

    Notable: Ranks 4th in assists All-Time (2,501), Holds the franchise mark for assists in a game – 20 – which he did twice , against Phoenix in 1994 and at Houston in 1996, Ranks first in team history in playoff assists per game (12.3) during the 1995 playoffs

    Damon Stoudamire: 5'10", 171 lbs, University of Arizona

    Seasons in Portland: 8 (1997-2005)

    Stats: 529 games, 12.2 ppg, 6.7 apg, 3.0 rpg

    Notable: By the time he left after the 2005 season, Stoudamire held the Blazers' single-game scoring mark (54), the single-season record for three-pointers (181 in 2004-05), the single-game record for three-pointers (8), and ranked second all-time in three-pointers (717), third all-time in assists (3,018), eight all-time in minutes played (17,497), ninth all-time in steals (556), and tenth all-time in games played (529)

    Darnell Valentine: 6'1", 183lbs, University of Kansas

    Seasons in Portland: 5 (1981-1986)

    Stats: 300 games, 9.8 ppg, 5.4 apg, 2.3 rpg

    Notable: Shares the team record for assists in a playoff game with 15, set in aGame 2 loss at the Lakers in the 1983 Western Conference semifinals, Ranks fifth all time in team history in playoff assists (7.7)

    Danny Ainge:
    6'4", 175 lbs, Brigham Young University

    Seasons in Portland: 2 (1990-1992)

    Stats: 161 games, 10.4 ppg, 3.0 apg, 2.2 rpg

    Notable: Shot 37.4% from 3 point rang in his years in Portland. Acquired in the summer of 1990 from Sacramento in exchange for Byron Irvin and two draft picks. He and Cliff Robinson formed one of the best offensive punches off the bench.

    Jim Paxson:
    6'6", 200 lbs, University of Dayton

    Seasons in Portland: 9 (1979-88)

    Stats: 627 games, 16.0 ppg, 3.2 apg, 2.6 rpg

    Notable: Ranks 3rd in field goals made All-Time (4,058)5th in points All-time (10,003), 4th in steals All-Time (857), 5th in games played All-Time (627), 6th in assists All-time (2,007), 6th in free throws made All-Time (1,800), 7th in minutes played All-time (18,398), and 10th in field goal percentage (1,000 FG's made minimum) (.503). Paxson was an All-Star in 1983 and 1984 and is one of five Blazers to be named to the All-NBA first or second team (Bill Walton, Lucas, Clyde Drexler, Brandon Roy).

    Geoff Petrie: 6'4", 190 lbs, Princeton University

    Seasons in Portland: 6 (1970-76)

    Stats: 446 games, 21.8 ppg, 4.6 apg, 2.9 rpg

    Notable: Considered "the orginial Trail Blazer" because he was the franchise's first draft pick ... Two-time All-Star (1971, 1974) ... 1971 NBA co-Rookie of the Year with Boston's Dave Cowens ... No. 45 was retired by Blazers in 1981 ... Held franchise single-game scoring mark of 51 points for 22 seasons. Accomplished the feat twice in a three-month span in 1973 ... 6th all-time in scoring (9,732), 5th all-time in assists (2,057), 5th all-time in field goals made (3,970), 7th all-time in free throws made (1,792), 10th all-time in free throw percentage (500 FT's made minimum) (.805) and 10th all-time in minutes played (16,787) in team history.

    Brandon Roy: 6'6", 215lbs, University of Washington

    Seasons in Portland: 4 (2006-current)

    Stats: 274 games, 20.2 ppg, 5.0 apg, 4.6 rpg

    Notable: He is one of four Blazers to be named to three All-Star games (08,09,10). One of three to win the NBA's Rookie of the Year (2007). And he was the third fastest to record 5,000 points. Ranks 4th in postseason scoring averages (26.7 in 2009), 3rd in most points scored in a playoff game (42, at Houston, 4/21/09). Led the franchise to back to back playoff appearances for firs time since 2003. Named All-NBA 2nd Team in 2009 and All-NBA 3rd Team in 2010

    Bobby Gross:
    6'6", 200 lbs, California State University, Long Beach

    Seasons in Portland: 7 (1975-1982)

    Stats: 486 games, 9.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.9 apg

    Notable: Member of the 1977 Championship Team. Number 30 is retired by the Trail Blazers. A small forward who was in constant motion, Gross saved his best for the NBA Finals, leading the Blazers in scoring for the final two victories in Game 5 and Game 6. In Game 5, he scored 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting to go along with five assists and three steals. In the clinching Game 6, Gross had 24 points, making 12-of-16 shots. Ranks 7th all-time in field goal percentage (minimum 1,000 fg's made) (.514), 8th all-time in offensive rebounds (908), and 8th all-time in steals (593).

    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.

    Travis Outlaw: 6'9", 210 lbs, Starville High School, Starville, MS

    Seasons in Portland: 7 (2003-2010)

    Stats: 377 games, 9.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.8 apg

    Notable: Nicknamed "Mr. 4th Quarter" for his ability to hit the clutch shot. Averaged a career-high 13.3 points in 2008. Finished 5th in the 6th Man of the Year voting in 2009. Known as one of the best personalities in the locker room. Able to play the 3 or 4 positions.

    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).

    LaMarcus Aldridge
    : 6'11", 240 lbs, University of Texas

    Seasons in Portland: 4 (2006-current)

    Stats: 298 games, 16.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.6 apg

    Notable: Acquired via draft night trade with Chicago, Led the team in field goal percentage (minimum 250 made) in 07-08 (.484) and 08-09 (.484), and offensive rebounding in 07-08 and 08-09 (2.9). His 5 blocked shots against Houston on 4/24/09 tie him for 3rd all-time in Trail Blazers postseason history for a single game performance. Averaged 19.5 ppg and a team-best 7.5 rpg in first playoff series against Houston.

    Brian Grant:
    6'9", 254 lbs, Xavier University

    Seasons in Portland: 3 (1997-2000)

    Stats: 172 games, 10.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 0.6 apg

    Notable: Led Trail Blazers in total rebounds in 98-99 (470). Ranks 7th all-time in rebounds for a postseason in 1998 (10.4). Averaged 13.2 ppg and 9.2 rpg during 1998 postseason. Acquired as a free agent in the summer of 1997. Most remembered for his playoff battles with Karl Malone. After a Malone elbow broke open Grant's eyebrow, causing him to bleed during Game 5 of the Western Conference Semi's, fans showed up to the Rose Garden for Game 6 with band-aids over their eyebrows in support for the Rasta Monsta.

    Lloyd Neal: 6'7", 225 lbs, Tennessee State University

    Seasons in Portland: 7 (1972-1979)

    Stats: 435 games, 11.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.5 apg

    Notable: First Trail Blazer to have his jersey retired. Neal was a third-round pick out of Tennessee State in 1972 and as a rookie averaged 13.4 points and 11.8 rebounds, finishing second to Bob McAdoo in rookie of the year voting. The classic "glue guy". His intangibles and willingnesForward-s to accept a backup role to Maurice Lucas helped lead Portland to their one and only championship in 1977. Ranks 8th all-time in total rebounds (3,370).

    Zach Randolph: 6'9", 253 lbs, Michigan State University

    Seasons in Portland: 6 (2001-2007)

    Stats: 381 games, 16.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.6 apg

    Notable: Named 2003-04 Most Improved Player. Ranks 7th all-time in offensive rebounds (946). Led the Trail Blazers in scoring, total rebounds, defensive rebounds, offensive rebounds, field goals made, field goals attempted free throws made, and free throws attempted from 2004-2007. Averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in 2004 and 2007.

    Rasheed Wallace:
    6'10", 225 lbs, University of North Carolina

    Seasons in Portland: 8 (1996-2004)

    Stats: 544 games, 16.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.8 apg

    Notable: Two-time All-Star (00, 01). Ranks 3rd all-time in blocked shots (693), 5th all-time in 3-pt field goals made (373), 5th all-time in defensive rebounds ((2,892), 6th all-time in total rebounds ((3,797), 8th all-time in points (9,119),  8th all-time in field goals made (3,634), and 9th all-time in offensive rebounds (905)

    Sidney Wicks: 6'8", 225 lbs, University of California, Los Angeles

    Seasons in Portland: 5 (1971-1976)

    Stats: 318 games, 22.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 4.1 apg

    Notable: Four-time All-Star, the 1971-1972 NBA Rookie of the Year and the owner of seven triple-doubles. Ranks 5th on the franchise list in rebounding (4,086), 9th in scoring (8,882) and 10th in assists (1,647) and holds the single-game rebounding record of 27.

    Buck Williams: 6'8", 215 lbs, University of Maryland

    Seasons in Portland: 7 (1989-96)

    Stats: 557 games, 10.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.1 apg

    Notable: With Portland was a three-time member of the All-NBA Defensive team, twice on the first team. Twice led the NBA in field goal percentage and led the Blazers in all seven of his seasons. Team's all-time field goal percentage leader (.550) and ranks 4th overall in rebounds (4,861), including 3rd in offensive rebounds (1,694) and defensive rebounds(3,167). Ranks 3rd all-time in consecutive games played (196). The Trail Blazers finally ended their streak of first-round exits after acquiring Williams from the New Jersey Nets in the summer of 1990.

    Kevin Duckworth
    : 7'0", 275 lbs, Eastern Illinois University

    Seasons in Portland: 7 (1986-1993)

    Stats: 527 games, 13.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.9 apg

    Notable: Two time NBA All-Star (89,91). Recipient of NBA's Most Improved Player Award (88). Ranks 5th all-time in offensive rebounds (1,163), 9th all-time in defensive rebounds (2,164),10th all-time in points (7,188), 10th all-time in field goals made (2,848), 10th all-time in free throws made (1,492), 10th all-time in total rebounds (3,327),

    Cliff Robinson:
    6'10", 225 lbs, University of Connecticut

    Seasons in Portland: 7 (1989-97)

    Stats: 644 games, 16.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.1 apg

    Notable: Recipient of the NBA's 6th Man Award (93). One time NBA All-Star (94). Ranks 1st all-time in consecutive games played (461), 2nd all-time in blocked shots (726), 3rd all-time in points (10,405), 3rd all-time in 3 point field goals (492), 4th all-time in free throws made (2,041)4th all-time in games played (644), 4th all-time in minutes played (19,839), 6th all-time in field goals made (3,936), 6th all-time in steals (696), 6th all-time in offensive rebounds (1,067), 7th all-time in defensive rebounds (2,285), 9th all-time in total rebounds (3,352)

    Arvydas Sabonis: 7'3", 279 lbs, Lithuania

    Seasons in Portland: 7 (1995-2001, 2002-2003)

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

    Notable: Drafted 24th overall by the Trail Blazers in 1986. Unable to come over until the 1996 season. Ranks 6th all-time in defensive rebounds (2,702), 7th all-time in total rebounds (3,436), 9th all-time in blocked shots (422). Had 4th highest postseason average in blocks (2.33) in the 2001 playoffs. Named to the 1st team NBA All-Rookie (96)

    Mychal Thompson: 6'10", 226 lbs, University of Minnesota

    Seasons in Portland: 8 (1978-1986)

    Stats: 551 games, 16.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.6 apg

    Notable: Franchise leader in blocks (768) and defensive rebounds (3,389) and third all-time in total rebounds (1,489). ... Ranks seventh in scoring (9,215) and assists (1,848) and shot .505 over his career, ninth best in team history. ... One of four Blazers selected with the No. 1 overall pick (LaRue Martin, Bill Walton, Greg Oden).

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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 10/07/2010 1:52 PM

    Tougher decision that I anticipated. In the end, I went with...

    Brandon Roy- Easy choice, but his ability to handle the ball took all of the PGs out of the equation.

    Geoff Petrie- I figured Roy could play a lot of the 1 and Petrie the 2. The offensive firepower would be lethal.

    Scottie Pippen- No, he wasn't as good as he was in Chicago, but again his ability to play point-forward added a lot of versatility to the team. Also, championship experience was a plus.

    Travis Outlaw- Well, because he's my favorite! Also, you do need some role players and he was one of the best we've ever had. His ability to come in cold off the bench, similar to a pinch hitter in baseball, and just shoot the lights out is invaluable.

    Buck Williams- Although he started, he'd be a perfect role player. He didn't need touches, played great defense, tough as nails, rebounded everything in sight, and when he shot, it went in. You don't lose much when he subs in for Mo.

    Rasheed Wallace- Love his versatility to play the 3, 4, or the 5 spot on the floor. Great defense, elite back to the basket scorer, and he has the ability to spread the floor with his 3 point shooting.

    Kevin Duckworth- I felt with Mo, Buck, and Bill, the paint could get crowded so I took Duck over others because his mid-range game would open things up for everyone. A great character guy who will do anything on the floor to help his team win.

    With that said, this was my Greatest Trail Blazers Team of All-Time

    Jack Ramsey

    Starting 5-
    PG- Terry Porter
    SG- Clyde Drexler
    SF- Jerome Kersey
    PF- Maurice Lucas
    C-  Bill Walton

    Brandon Roy
    Geoff Petrie
    Scottie Pippen
    Travis Outlaw
    Buck Williams
    Rasheed Wallace

    Kevin Duckworth
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 10/07/2010 2:52 PM

    Wow hawes. youve truly out done yourself with this one.
    i like that you came back with the bench picks, thats awesome, and i wouldnt doubt if you had more to come.
    but really, this is cool, thanks.

    So difficult, i like outlaw, but pippen is without a doubt better at the position, i had to use both.
    i love SF's
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  1. ClydeFrog
    Posts: 975

    Posted 10/07/2010 3:06 PM

    It's tough to only pick 7! The PF's were again the hardest to decide between again. I heart small forwards as well and had to go with Outlaw as well. Who doesn't love them some Catfish?
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 10/07/2010 5:17 PM

    Went with Rod, Ainge, BRoy, Scottie, LA, "Rasta Monsta", and Sabonis...KILLED me to leave Buck out.  I had Lucas #3 at the PF spot with Buck backing up Grant.  Great thread Hawes!
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 10/10/2010 11:15 PM

    I got

    and Sabo
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 10/12/2010 1:35 PM

    I'm going to leave this up for another day or so. As of right now, the Top 7 are:

    1-Brandon Roy (43)
    2-Scottie Pippen (32)
    3-Arvydas Sabonis (30)
    4-Buck Williams (29)
    5-LaMarcus Aldridge (27)
    6- Kevin Duckworth (22)
    7- Rasheed Wallace & Damon Stoudamire (19)

    Vote for some guards people, way too frontcourt heavy!
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 10/12/2010 1:36 PM

    Also, I must say Geoff Petrie only with 12 votes is a travesty...
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  1. barnettfan
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    Posted 10/13/2010 5:30 AM

    DHawes this was a tough one. Who to leave out and who to keep in. I picked:
    1. Bobby Gross Extremly savy player there is a reason his number is retired.
    2.Lloyd Neal also played back up center and usually did the tip offs Travis got him on the vertical but not by much.
    3.Sheed true power forward with range.
    4.Buck Big Defense Williams
    5.Geoff Petrie Still think he should be in the starting 5.
    6.Brandon Roy the only guy I picked who is active PG,SG,SF dont matter what position he can do it. Deserves way more love from the press.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 10/15/2010 12:53 PM

    Right now the roster would look like this:

    I don't think people are picking 7 when voting. Aldridge, Wallace, and Duckworth were the lowest 3 vote getters of the 7 who made it and they are in a crowded frontcourt as is. Does anyone have any ideas on how to balance the roster out?
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 10/23/2010 2:41 PM

    Hawes you should do a Best Commentator throw in marv albert kevin harlan, hahah reggie miller.
    I'd vote for Marv for sure.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 10/29/2010 10:26 AM

    Reggie Miller? Maybe for most annoying!
    In all honestly, Snapper Jones is probably my favorite.
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