Jul 27

Greatest Trail Blazers: #4 Sabonis Vs. #5 Wicks

By DHawes22 Posted in: arvydassabonis, Blazers, sidneywicks
#4 Arvydas Sabonis vs. #5 Sidney Wicks

No. 11 Arvydas Sabonis | Center |7-3 | 292 lbs

Career Stats as a Trail Blazer:24.2 mpg, 12.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 0.6 spg, 1.1 bpg, .500 FG%, .328 3PT%, .786 FT%

A “7-3 Larry Bird”, at least in the eyes of Bill Walton, Arvydas Sabonis was truly one of a kind. His ability to shoot from the perimeter as well as score inside combined with unparalleled court vision helped him mesmerize the defense and fascinate the fans. Although the Lithuanian big man played seven years in Rip City, including a large role in helping Portland to two trips to the Western Conference Finals in back-to-back seasons, BlazerManiacs were only treated to a glimpse of what could have been. Sabonis, maybe the most dominant center in international history, was drafted with the 24th pick in the 1986 draft. Because of the ongoing Cold War at the time, it wasn’t until the fall of 1995 that Sabas was allowed to put on a show.

Arvydas was named to the All-Rookie team in 1995-96 and honored with the Rookie of the Month award for his performance in April as he put up a double-double (16 ppg, 11 rpg) and helped lead the Trail Blazers to an 8-3 record as they charged into the playoffs. Even in the twilight of his career, Sabonis left his imprint on the Trail Blazers record books, finishing seventh in total rebounds (3,436) and ninth in blocks (422).

Schonely Speaks:
"If only Arvydas would have been here in the 90's, the Blazers probably would have had a couple more rings on their fingers. Huge. Strong. Good guy. Hall of Famer. Could certainly pass and could flat out score."

Photo Gallery: Arvydas Sabonis Through The Years

No. 21 Sidney Wicks |Forward | 6-9 | 225 lbs

Career Stats as a Trail Blazer: 38.8 mpg, 22.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.8 bpg, .460 FG%, .713 FT%

Coming out of UCLA in 1971, Sidney Wicks was taken with the second overall pick and he lived up to that great lineage of John Wooden-coached players. Immediately making his impact felt, Wicks was named not only Rookie of the Year in 1972 but an All-Star as well during his rookie campaign. One of the first true all-around players for the Trail Blazers, Wicks was a candidate to rack up a triple-double on any given night. Throughout his career, he led the Blazers in scoring and rebounding three out of five seasons (’72, ’75, ’76), assists twice (’73, ’74) and free throw attempts and makes every season in Rip City.

Standing 6-9, Sidney was an undersized power forward but he used his great strength, length and basketball IQ to have his way with the defense in the paint, which is where he did most of his damage. To this day, he holds the single-game record for rebounds with 27 and his six 20 point-20 rebound games trail only Bill Walton for most in franchise history. Wicks may have played 35+ years ago but his accomplishments still rank among the best in Trail Blazers history as he is fifth all-time in rebounds (4,086), free throws made (1,878), ninth in points (8,882), field goals made(3,502) and tenth in assists (1,647).br />
Schonely Speaks:
"Out of UCLA, came with us in the second year. And was controversial. Got a coach fired, but he could play."

Photo Gallery: Sidney Wicks Through The Years

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