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Greatest Trail Blazer: #3 Duckworth vs. #6 Grant

By DHawes22 Posted in: Blazers, briangrant, kevinduckworth
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#3 Kevin Duckworth vs. #6 Brian Grant


No. 00 Kevin Duckworth | Center | 7’0” | 280 lbs

Written By Aaron Grossman
Career Stats as a Trail Blazer: 27.7 mpg, 13.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.48 spg, 0.46 bpg .475 FG %, .000 3 PT %, .746 FT %

Kevin Duckworth’s massive 7-foot frame all too often overshadowed his big game and perhaps even bigger heart. In five straight seasons from 1987-92, Duckworth scored in double figures, grabbed better than six rebounds and played in at least 78 games. Two times an All-Star (1989, 1991) and once the league’s Most Improved Player (1987-88), Duckworth wasn’t just your average contributor on a great team – and those teams were great. He was the starting center for a stretch of three seasons between 1989-92 that saw the Trail Blazers win 59, 63 and 57 games, the most in any three-year run in team history. And oh by the way, Portland reached two NBA Finals in that span, once in 1990 and again in 1992. Always one of Memorial Coliseum’s favorite sons, Duckworth’s legacy among Portland fans was cemented when he stunningly returned to the court for Game 7 of the 1990 Western Conference Semis just a couple weeks after breaking his right hand. In seven total seasons with the Trail Blazers, Duckworth ranks 10th in team history in scoring (7,188), free throws made (2,848) and rebounds (3,327).

Schonely Speaks:
"A TRUE gentle giant. Everybody loved the big guy. And I know he was tough but he was so gentle and was a true team player. I miss him to this day."

Photo Gallery: Kevin Duckworth Through The Years

No. 44 Brian Grant | Power Forward | 6’9” | 254 lbs

Written By Aaron Grossman
Career Stats as a Trail Blazer: 27.7 mpg, 10.2 points, 8.0 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.56 spg, 0.62 bpg, .494 FG %, .333 3 PT %, .753 FT %

Tough. Gritty. Strong. Aggressive. Brian Grant was just one of those players you wanted on your side and hated to line up against. He may have only played in the red and black for three seasons, but his impact on the Trail Blazers and their fans went far from unnoticed. Maybe it was his incredible knack for rebounding. Maybe it was his defensive prowess. Or maybe it was just those uniquely defining dreadlocks. All in all, Grant averaged just a shade over 10 points and eight rebounds in his 172 games with Portland. He led the 1998-99 squad in rebounding (9.8). A year later, he helped Rip City to the 2000 Western Conference Finals. If he didn’t earn his stripes against Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz in the Conference Semis, he sure had a battle on his hands in the Conference Finals against Shaquille O’Neal and the L.A. Lakers. But he refused to back down. And if there’s one thing Trail Blazers fans adore, it’s hard-working, team-first attitudes. That was Brian Grant.

Schonely Speaks:
"Tough as nails. Both ends of the floor, you didn't want to fool with Brian Grant. And he could score as well."

Photo Gallery: Brian Grant Through The Years

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  1. Rosta Monsta!!

    by sarahhecht on 7/26/2011 10:28 AM
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