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Aug 08

Greatest Trail Blazers: #1 Lucas Vs. #8 Smith

By DHawes22 Posted in: Blazers, mauricelucas, stevesmith
STEEL REGION
#1 Maurice Lucas vs. #8 Steve Smith

No. 20 Maurice Lucas | Forward | 6’9” | 218 lbs

Written By Aaron Grossman
Career Stats As A Trail Blazer:29.7 mpg, 15.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 0.81 spg, 0.72 bpg, .461 FG %, .125 3 PT %, .763 FT %

He averaged nearly 16 points and nine rebounds per game in five seasons in Rip City. He is one of only four Trail Blazers to earn three NBA All-Star bids (1977, 1978, 1979) – and his 13 boards in the 1978 edition are the most by a Trail Blazer in any All-Star Game. He earned All-NBA Second Team honors in 1977-78. He was twice named to the NBA All-Defensive Team (First Team, 1977-78; Second Team, 1978-79). He is one of eight Trail Blazers to rank in the NBA’s top 10 in rebounding in a season (9th, 11.4, 1976-77). He is one of five Trail Blazers to notch at least three career 20-point, 20-rebound games – and he did it in one season (1976-77). And he is one of eight Trail Blazers to score more than 45 points in a single game (46, 1/12/78 at Boston).

But none of those superlatives are the reason Maurice Lucas is a #1 seed. You see, the Trail Blazers won no more than 38 games and never made the playoffs in any of the first six seasons of their existence (1970-76). Then Portland traded for Luke. And less than one calendar year later, the Trail Blazers were NBA Champions.

For more on the Enforcer, go HERE.

Schonely Speaks:
"The Enforcer. You never wanted to mess with him. Powerful. And could do it all. I miss him to this day."

Photo Gallery: Maurice Lucas Through The Years

No. 8 Steve Smith | Guard | 6’8” | 221 lbs

Written By Aaron Grossman
Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 32.1 mpg, 14.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 0.73 spg, 0.34 bpg, .461 FG %, .369 3 PT %, .870 FT %

Steve Smith was only in a Trail Blazers uniform for two years, but he made the most of it. In both of his seasons in Portland, Smith ranked second on the team in scoring, and he appeared in all but one game during that time. A terrific foul shooter, Smith ranked 15th in the category in 1999-2000 (85.0%) and sixth in 2000-01 (89.0%). Always a threat from beyond the 3-point arc, Smith shot an impressive 39.8% from downtown in 1999-2000.

Part of what made Smith so valuable was the way he fit amongst a very talented core group of players. Smith could not only score in the post but spread the offense with his 3-point range. Portland won 109 games in his two seasons and took a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2000. And it was in the postseason where Smith really shined. He scored 26 points to lead Portland in Game 6 vs. the L.A. Lakers before a heartbreaking Game 7 ended the team’s run in 2000. In all, Smith averaged 17.1 points while making more than half of his 3-point attempts (33-64, 51.6%) in 19 postseason games as a Trail Blazer.

Schonely Speaks:
"Not with us long enough, in my opinion. Lanky. Good hands. Could run. Great team player."

Photo Gallery: Steve Smith Through The Years

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