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Aug 02

Greatest Trail Blazers: #4 Pippen Vs. #5 Natt

By DHawes22 Posted in: Blazers, calvinnatt, scottiepippen
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#4 Scottie Pippen vs. #5 Calvin Natt

#33 Scottie Pippen | Forward | 6’8” | 228 lbs

Written by Aaron Grossman
Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 32.3 mpg, 11.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.53 spg, 0.50 bpg, .440 FG %, .319 3 PT %, .757 FT %

A #4 seed for one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players of All-Time (as voted in 1996)? Well, nobody could argue Scottie Pippen’s place in basketball lore, but this competition is reserved for accomplishments while wearing a Trail Blazers uniform. Still, Pippen deserves strong consideration. In four seasons in the Rose City, Pippen averaged 11.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.53 steals per game. In other words, he did it all. And Pippen was nothing if not consistent. He averaged at least 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and 1.4 steals every year in Portland. A veteran of 12 NBA seasons before he even strapped on the red and black uniform, Pippen was also a steadying presence for the Trail Blazers on the court and in the locker room.

In his first season as a Trail Blazer in 1999-2000, Pippen helped Portland return to the Western Conference Finals for the second consecutive season. During the team’s playoff run, he led the squad six times each in scoring and rebounding (both team highs). At 34 years young by the end of the year, Pippen earned Second Team All-Defensive honors after appearing in all 82 games with the Trail Blazers. In just 26 total playoff contests with Portland over four seasons, Pippen ranks tied for fifth in 3-pointers made (33) and ninth in steals (44) to this day.

Schonely Speaks:
"Everyone knows the story of Scottie Pippen with Chicago, but while he was here for that short period of time, Scottie could do it all."

Photo Gallery: Scottie Pippen Through The Years

#33 Calvin Natt | Forward | 6’6” | 220 lbs

Written by Aaron Grossman
Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 33.1 mpg, 17.2 points, 6.9 rpg, 2.2 assists, 0.87 spg, 0.35 bpg, .543 FG %, .228 3 PT %, .766 FT %

Calvin Natt burst onto the NBA scene as a rookie in 1979-80, and the Trail Blazers took quick notice. Just 53 games into his career, the physical forward was acquired by Portland from New Jersey in a trade that sent away the legendary Maurice Lucas. Barely a week after his arrival in Portland, Natt would score at least 20 points and lead the Trail Blazers in the category in seven straight games. He finished up the season in Rip City as the Trail Blazers’ leading scorer in his 25 games (20.4) en route to a spot on the NBA’s All-Rookie Team.

Natt averaged 17.2 points and 6.9 rebounds, while shooting a lofty 54.3 percent from the field, during parts of five seasons with Portland. He repeated his scoring excellence as a rookie in 1982-83, when his 20.4 points ranked second on the squad and helped the team to a spot in the Conference Semifinals. Natt twice ranked among the league’s top five in field goal shooting (1981-82, 57.6%; 1983-84, 58.3%). His 54.3 percent shooting mark overall as a Trail Blazer ranks second in club history, trailing only Buck Williams (55.0%). By the time he was traded away in 1984, Natt was so valued around the league that he was part of the deal that brought Portland’s newest star, Kiki Vandeweghe, to the Trail Blazers.

Schonely Speaks:
"When Calvin was called upon in his day in the Blazer uniform, he got the job done - whatever he was called upon [to do]."

Photo Gallery: Calvin Natt Through The Years

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Bracket: The Greatest Trail Blazer Of All-Time

1 Comments

  1. Pippen was great but if you saw Natt play........

    by mbmurr1 on 8/2/2011 10:54 AM
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