Greatest Trail Blazers: #3 Wallace Vs. #6 Twardzik
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  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 08/10/2011 11:43 AM

    Who should advance?
    #3 Rasheed Wallace (27)
    #6 Dave Twardzik (7)

    #3 Rasheed Wallace vs. #6 Dave Twardzik

    No. 30 Rasheed Wallace | Power Forward | 6-10 | 230 lbs

    Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 35.5 mpg, 16.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.09 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.3 bpg, .497 FG%, .335 3PT%, .712 FT%

    Arguably the most versatile Trail Blazer in franchise history, Rasheed Wallace could do it all on either end of the floor. Blessed with unparalleled length for a man of his stature (7-6 wingspan), Wallace used his gift to disrupt shots on the defensive end and make life a living nightmare for the opposition on post-ups . To diversify his game further, Sheed added the 3-point shot to his repertoire later on in his career. For his eight year stint in Rip City (96-04), Rasheed’s name frequents the all-time records as he is third in blocks (693), fifth in minutes (19,309), sixth in rebounds (3,797), seventh in 3-point field goals made (373), eight in points (9,119) and field goals made (3,634), ninth in games played (544), and tenth in steals (555).

    Criticized for not playing up to his potential or drifting too far away from the paint, Wallace was still the most talented player on the last great team in Rip City.  Leading that incredibly deep 1999-00 squad in minutes played (35.1), points (16.4), field goals (6.7), rebounds (7.0), and steals (1.3), Rasheed was rewarded with his first of two All-Star selections as a Trail Blazer. And when he was on, there may have not been a more dominant forward going. Case in point was his performance during Game Two of Portland’s Western Conference Final series against Los Angeles in 2000, where Sheed racked up 29 points, on 8--18 shooting, including 3-3 from 3-point land and 10-11 from the free throw line, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 46 minutes of action in Portland’s 106-77 victory.

    Schonely Speaks:
    "Terrific player. Tough. Could score. Block shots. Always yappin'. Controversial."

    Photo Gallery: Rasheed Wallace Through The Years

    No. 13 Dave Twardzik | Guard | 6-1 | 180 lbs

    Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 24.7 mpg, 9.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.4 spg, 0.1 bpg, .552 FG%, .571 3PT%, .823 FT%

    “I didn’t really appreciate Twardzik’s overall skills until after training camp was underway. Despite Stu Inman’s assurances to the contrary, I wasn’t sure Dave was good enough to play very much for us. He doesn’t look much like an NBA player. He’s not very big, he doesn’t have the speed of someone like Hollins or Davis and he can’t really jump that high. All he does is whatever he had to do for the team to win. We were all astonished in training camp buy Dave’s ability to shoot a layup over the biggest players on the floor. He has a great first step to the basket and amazing control of his body in the air. After a few days of swatting vainly at Twardzik’s spinning shots off the backboard, Walton was reduced to laughter at his inability to block Dave’s shot.” Jack Ramsay on Dave Twardzik taken from Rip City! A Quarter Century with the Portland Trail Blazers.

    Overlooked due to his small size and stature, “Alphabet”, as he was nicknamed due to his unique last name, used that underestimation as motivation to make a name for himself with the Trail Blazers. And make a name for himself he did. In just four seasons (76-80), Twardzik started at guard for a championship winning team in 1977 and has him No. 13 hanging from the rafters of the Rose Garden. A name that won’t appear in the Top 10 of hardly any Trail Blazers all-time lists nor an All-Star, Twardzik ‘s value to the team went far beyond the box score. Approaching the game with a fearless mentality, Twardzik attacked the paint and used every trick imaginable to get the shot up and in despite not being able to jump a lick, hence the nickname “Pinball.”

    If he had attempted 37 more field goals in 1976-77, Pinball would have been in elite company. At the time, only Wilt Chamberlain had shot higher than .600 from the field, but despite being over a foot shorter than Wilt the Stilt, Twardzik shot .612 from the field, connecting on 263 of his 400 attempts including 28 of his final 41.

    Schonely Speaks:
    "One of the most popular players to ever have don a Blazer uniform. He loved to mix it up. Lickity brindle up the middle. I don't care how tall they were, he would get by them. That's why we named him 'Pinball'. And he held the team together."

    Photo Gallery: Dave Twardzik 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?

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  1. ClydeFrog
    Posts: 975

    Posted 08/10/2011 2:03 PM

    I love watching old tapes of Twardzik! Talk about playing bigger than size would indicate. We could use a guard like that, capable of attacking the rim, and finishing with a bucket. BUT, technicals or not, Rasheed was a beast. Probably the best big man ever at catching and finishing alley-oops.
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
  1. mbmurr1
    Posts: 530

    Posted 08/10/2011 9:12 PM

    Although the word Jailblazer describes him best he was a great ball player.
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  1. BlazerBear
    Posts: 97

    Posted 08/11/2011 2:02 PM

    I don't worry too much about off-the-court stuff when it came to Sheed. But what did upset me was his lack of killer instinct. He simply didn't wan to be The Man. He had more talent than any PF in the game, yet he didn't play with that type of mentality as much as he needed to. There was no one stopping him on the blocks. He has a sensational defender as well. He could have been so much better. Regardless, even Sheed at 75% was dominant. His name is all over the top-10 and he could have been first or second in nearly every category had he stayed here longer.
    I am a fan of J.J. Hickson Making SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays On A Nightly Basis!
  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 08/11/2011 4:32 PM

    Going into this matchup, I was pro-Sheed 100%. For one, he was one of my favorite Blazers and two, I had never seen Twardzik play. But after getting some stories on Pinball, reading quotes about his game and the like, he became a player I really wanted to vote for. So he gets hurt against the Nuggets in the Semis and doesn't start the rest of the playoffs. Does he sulk and pout about it? Nope. All he does is go out there and make plays. Even with all of that, I still went with Sheed, just not as clear cut as I thought before I wrote it out.
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  1. Kassandra
    Posts: 466

    Posted 08/11/2011 8:12 PM

    Twardzik did whatever it took to win. sounds like he had that killer instinct which suited a champion well. Wallace was great and versatile. the problem is, he could have been more. he lacked the killer instinct and, judging from what i read about him when he was here, it seems he didn't want to be the team leader we needed him to be (throwing a towel in Sabonis' face doesn't help that perception). champion vs. not champion (not with us, at least). i go with Twardzik here.

    ~ Kassandra

    ps: Dustin, i just have to ask ... have you had a lot of UNhealthy cats?!
    I am a fan of my team fighting to win each and every game.
  1. daveschedin
    Posts: 44

    Posted 08/12/2011 7:10 PM

    Twardzik was my favorite Blazer as a kid..tough as nails player..didn't get the stats..but didn't care either..all he did was start for an NBA championship team, and have his number retired as a blazer as well..Loved Sheed, but by the last year he was here, he was already looking at Portland in his review..
  1. barnettfan
    Posts: 392

    Posted 08/13/2011 4:37 AM

    Twardzik was a guy you just plain forgot about until someone mentions him or you saw him play. I was a little disappointed at the landslide here but 'Sheed's is one player that is very hard to forget. All that talent and did not want to lead the team. remind you of anybody? Rasheed is my wifes favorite player and is the reason she tolerates me watching basketball.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posts: 1669

    Posted 08/14/2011 7:40 PM

    Twardzik brought us the NBA Heavyweight title belt

    Sheed brought us the NBA record for technical fouls... twice
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. stacksfan2005
    Posts: 363

    Posted 08/15/2011 2:48 PM

    sheed is the best blazer ever, with a strong tie for second being between sabonis and brian grant.
  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 08/16/2011 11:41 AM

    Sheed wins 25-7, advancing to the Sweet 16!
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