Greatest Trail Blazers: #2 Williams Vs. #7 Steele
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/03/2011 10:14 AM

    Who should advance?
    #2 Buck Williams (32)
    #7 Larry Steele (4)

    #2 Buck Williams vs. #7 Larry Steele

    No. 52 Buck Williams | Power Forward | 6-8 | 225 lbs

    Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 30.8 mpg, 10.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.6 bpg, .550 FG%, .375 3PT%, .695 FT%

    The final piece to the puzzle. It was the addition of Buck Williams from the New Jersey Nets in the summer of 1989 that turned the Trail Blazers from perennial one-and-done in the postseason to championship contender. Once Buck was added to the core (Drexler, Duckworth, Kersey, Porter), the Blazers soared into the stratosphere of the NBA’s elite, winning a combined 179 games (an average of 60 per year) over the course of three seasons which included a franchise-high 63 victories in 1991 and two trips to the NBA Finals in 1991 and 1992.

    But one must look beyond the box score to find Buck’s true impact on the Trail Blazers. Statistically, Williams was never going to ‘Wow!’ anyone by scoring 30 points or blocking 10 shots. Buck provided top-notch post defense on some of the game’s all-time greats, including Karl Malone, Charles Barkley and Shawn Kemp. During those title chases of the early 90’s, Williams was honored as a member of the All-Defense first team in both 90 and 91 and All-Defense second team in 92. In an era where zone defense was illegal, Williams’ ability to play Hall of Fame caliber bigs straight up was invaluable to Portland’s success. Providing yeoman’s work on defense wasn’t his only trick either. He dominated the “Buck”-boards as well, leaving the franchise having grabbed 4,861 boards, fourth all-time in team history. And when he did look to score, he made it count, becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in field goal percentage (.550).

    Schonely Speaks:
    "Everybody's favorite. Tough as nails and gentle as a giant. But he could flat out play."

    Photo Gallery: Buck Williams Through The Years

    No. 15 | Guard/Forward | 6-5 | 180 lbs

    Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 24.2 mpg, 8.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.8 spg, 0.2 bpg, .483 FG%, .796 FT%

    The consummate team player. Larry Steele didn’t care about playing time, roles or positions. All that mattered was winning and doing whatever was necessary for the benefit of the team. And while his name doesn’t come with the notoriety of Walton or Lucas nor will he ever receive the proper recognition for his role on that title team, there may not be a banner hanging up in the Rose Garden without his attitude and contributions. Go through the list of championship winning teams in any sport and they will all have their own version of Larry Steele -a player ready at the bat of an eye to step in when called upon. During Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals against Denver, Steele answered Coach Ramsay’s call to the tune of 14 points, including 8-8 from the free throw line, three rebounds, an assist and four steals to help the Blazers’ amazing run continue.

    Speaking of steals, Larry lived up to his last name quite well, racking up 846 takeaways during his nine seasons (72-80) in Rip City, fifth most in team history. An even more impressive feat considering the NBA didn’t record steals as an official statistic until two years into Steele’s career in 1973-74. To this day, Steele still holds the record for thievery in one game, swiping 10 against the Lakers on November 16th, 1974 and is one of only four players to lead the team in steals for three consecutive seasons (74-76). Larry also leaves the Trail Blazers ninth in assists (1,719).

    Schonely Speaks:
    "Long and lanky. Great shooter. A racehorse. You'd have to watch him or he'd be gone."

    Photo Gallery: Larry Steele Through The Years

    The polls will stay open for one week, The player with the most votes will move onto the next round. Who should advance in this matchup and why?

    Bracket: The Greatest Trail Blazer Of All-Time
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  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 08/03/2011 1:29 PM

    18-0? Could we have our first shutout of the tournament?

    I had to go with Buck as well. While you can't win titles without role players like Steele, you can't do it either without great players like Buck Williams. There is no coincidence that the team made a Finals run in his first year with the year. Unfortunately, Blazer fans are left with the "What if?" factor when it comes to Buck. What if we got him a year or two earlier? Would there have been more playoff runs?
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posts: 1669

    Posted 08/03/2011 1:47 PM

    Buck is straight mowin' Larry over in this match-up!
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. ClydeFrog
    Posts: 975

    Posted 08/03/2011 2:32 PM

    Buck was a straight up boss! He didn't take any crap from anyone, played the game the right way and knew what it took to win. I still remember the fits he gave Karl Malone in the 91 & 92 playoffs. Yes, the Mailman got his numbers but Buck made him work for every single thing he got.

    Here are some examples:
    91 Game 1 Semis 117-97 Blazers:
    Buck 7-11 for 14 points, 5 rebounds | Malone 8-24 for 21 points, 16 rebounds

    The rest of that series Buck held Malone:
    Game 2: 10-18 shooting
    Game 3: 12-29 shooting
    Game 4: 11-24 shooting
    Game 5: 9-23 shooting
    But that was Buck. Defense first, rebound second, score third. But he was very efficient when he did put it up.
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
  1. BlazerBear
    Posts: 97

    Posted 08/03/2011 2:45 PM

    The goggles, the flattop, the compression shorts and the high-top Nikes? What's not to love about Buck Williams? One of the true gentlemen of the game, but don't let that fool you. Like Schonely said above, he could play. And once he was ready to lace them up, it was no more Mr. Nice Guy.
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  1. daveschedin
    Posts: 44

    Posted 08/03/2011 4:08 PM

    Sorry..Steele doesn't deserve a shut out..He did play his whole career with us..

  1. mbmurr1
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    Posted 08/03/2011 4:38 PM

    Larry was a great team guy. I never really liked Buck I saw his as overrated.
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  1. mbmurr1
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    Posted 08/03/2011 4:39 PM

    Why are Buck and Kersey both #2
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/03/2011 8:45 PM

    Posted By mbmurr1 on 08/03/2011 4:39 PM
    Why are Buck and Kersey both #2
    32 player bracket, broken up into 4 regions of 8 players. Each region gets a 1-8 seed. Kersey is a 2 in the Fremont, while Buck is a 2 in the Broadway region.
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  1. Kassandra
    Posts: 466

    Posted 08/03/2011 9:49 PM

    don't remember Steele nor Williams, but it seemed like Buck played a more integral part in his particular team. iconic that Steele led the league in steals, but Williams seems like one of those hard workers you just can't vote against in the first round. vote to Williams.

    ~ Kassandra
    I am a fan of my team fighting to win each and every game.
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/04/2011 10:43 AM

    Posted By Kassandra on 08/03/2011 9:49 PM
    don't remember Steele nor Williams, but it seemed like Buck played a more integral part in his particular team. iconic that Steele led the league in steals, but Williams seems like one of those hard workers you just can't vote against in the first round. vote to Williams.

    ~ Kassandra
    Since you don't remember Buck, give this article a read. It was from the Rip city Magazine and has everything you'd want to know about Buck inside it.

    Here's a snippet-
    It's too simple to say Buck Williams has achieved NBA stardom just because he worked hard for it. He's a talented athlete, blessed with quick reactions, good timing, rawboned strength and an instinctive sense for the ball.

    Many NBA players have had Williams' natural ability, but few have accomplished what he has. Williams' desire and work habits set his apart. And to understand the development of his inner game of basketball, one must know about his upbringing.

    "My work ethic comes from my parents," he says. "They worked as hard as they could in whatever they did. I took that attitude and applied it to playing basketball."
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/09/2011 9:50 AM

    Buck advances easily past Steele, 30-4.
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