Greatest Trail Blazers: #1 Drexler Vs. #2 Williams
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  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 10/07/2011 11:00 AM

    Who should advance?
    #1 Clyde Drexler (22)
    #2 Buck Williams (2)

    #1 Clyde Drexler vs. #2 Buck Williams

    No. 22 Clyde Drexler | Shooting Guard | 6-7 | 222 lbs

    Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 34.1 mpg, 20.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 5.7 apg, 2.1 spg, 1.46 bpg .478 FG %, .303 3 PT %, .789 FT %

    Clyde Drexler – the name most synonymous with the Portland Trail Blazers – is still to this day a true icon in the Rose City. His impact on the Trail Blazers runs much deeper than the countless accolades and statistical achievements he’s garnered over the years. Take myself for example. As a child, it was Clyde “The Glide” who enthralled me with the Portland Trail Blazers, whose glides to the basket captivated my imagination, and who I owe my love of the Trail Blazers to. Of course I wanted to shoot 3’s like Terry, finish on the break like Jerome, wear headbands like Cliff or rebound like Buck, but it was Clyde I wanted to be like most. Not even MJ could compete.

    Although he constantly dribbled with his head down and rarely used his left hand, you would be hard pressed to find a better open-court player in the NBA. Able to go around, through or over defenders, Clyde was a highlight reel waiting to happen. But it wasn’t just in-your-face slams Drex was pulling off. One of the most versatile and well-rounded superstars the game has seen, Clyde loved to draw the double team, only to find an open man for the bucket.  His unselfish approach to the game not only made Clyde a more dynamic player – able to beat the defense in a plethora of ways – but was able to simultaneously raise his teammates’ level of play; a true measure of a franchise player.

    Schonely Speaks:
    "THE best. Could do it all. He was outstanding in all phases of the game. An NBA all-star."

    Photo Gallery: Clyde Drexler Through The Years

    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%

    As evidenced by the video above, Buck Williams’s game was not flashy. It wasn’t particularly cute either. And it certainly wouldn’t win any beauty pageants. But in the eyes of his Trail Blazers teammates, coaches, and fans, it was gorgeous. When I asked former General Manager Bucky Buckwalter what his greatest trade was while he was in office, there was no hesitation – Sam Bowie for Buck Williams. Coming from a man who helped architect arguably the greatest three-year run this franchise has ever witnessed, this is very high praise for No. 52.

    While Buck was an efficient scorer, elite post-defender and a terror on glass, it was his intangibles which proved to be so vital in getting this team out of mediocrity. For years and years in the 80’s, the Trail Blazers had immense levels of talent but could never put it all together for deep runs into the playoffs. Clyde Drexler, Kevin Duckworth, Jerome Kersey, and Terry Porter were all in place for three seasons together, yet they had nothing but a slew of first-round exits to their name. But along came Williams with the skillset of a prototypical power forward who brought a blue-collar worth ethic day in and day out as well as a mental toughness that benefited everyone on the team, including his competition in this bracket, Clyde Drexler. And, as they say, the rest is history.

    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

    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. BlazerBear
    Posts: 97

    Posted 10/07/2011 4:33 PM

    Great work on the videos! Has to be Clyde though. Without Clyde, Buck's impact wouldn't have meant that much. It was still Clyde who was our go-to-guy during the early 90's.
    I am a fan of J.J. Hickson Making SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays On A Nightly Basis!
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
    Posts: 1669

    Posted 10/08/2011 2:55 PM

    Drexler's fierce competitive edge and superior athleticism was surpassed only by his courtesy and positive attitude on, and off the court. The same thing can also be said about Buck Williams. That's why when the Blazers put these guys together, we instantaneously had a contending and lovable team.

    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. ClydeFrog
    Posts: 975

    Posted 10/10/2011 3:17 PM

    Maybe if Buck did work in Portland a little longer than 7 years I'd consider giving him the vote but Clyde WAS Portland. To this day we still haven't seen a player of Clyde's skill level in Portland and I'm not sure we ever will. Being one of the NBA's 50 Greatest players is really high praise.
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
  1. Kassandra
    Posts: 466

    Posted 10/11/2011 12:51 PM

    from what i remember as a wee lass, i loved Buck's willingness to do the little things which don't show up on the stat sheet. i'm talking about things like hustle, smothering defense and fierce competitiveness. he had it all. he didn't score 25 points a game and wasn't asked to do so. and then there's Clyde. he was so smooth and enabled us to progress to the next level. we would not have made it to the finals twice without either of these men. Clyde is the best blazer of all time. Buck, who probably deserves a vote simply for his bow tie as an assistant coach with us, technically probably wasn't even the best pf to don a blazers uniform. he's a close second, but i think Lucas holds that honor. vote to Clyde.
    I am a fan of my team fighting to win each and every game.
  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 10/11/2011 1:18 PM

    I agree with pretty much everything you said Kass. Buck was great, esp. in the intangibles department. But, to win in this league, you need a guy who will put you on his back for a full 82 games and that man for us was Drexler. Also, I mean, it was Clyde who got me into the Blazers in the first place, so I have to vote him into the next round!
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  1. Kassandra
    Posts: 466

    Posted 10/11/2011 1:25 PM

    i voted for Clyde for the very reason's you listed. i just had happened not to mention those in my comment! :P
    I am a fan of my team fighting to win each and every game.
  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 10/17/2011 10:20 AM

    I think it's time to call this match. Drexler, dominates yet again, defeating Buck Williams 19-1 to advance to the Final Four!
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