Aug 09

Greatest Trail Blazers: #1 Porter vs. #8 Bates

By sarahhecht
#1 Terry Porter vs. #8 Billy Ray Bates

No. 30 Terry Porter | Point Guard | 6-3 | 195 lbs

Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 31.6 mpg, 14.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 7.0 apg, 1.6 spg, 0.1 bpg, .470 FG%, .385 3PT%, .846 FT%

The greatest three-point shooter in Trail Blazers history. Hands down.

Terry Porter’s name litters the franchise records. First in 3-pointers made (773), assists (5,319) and 3-pointers attempted (2,006). He’s second only to Clyde Drexler in six more categories: free throws attempted (3,020), minutes (23,978), steals (1,182), points (11,300), field goals made (4,101) and free throws made (2,555). He’s third in games played (758) and fourth in free throw percentage (.846) and field goals attempted (8,506). All of this while accumulating the second longest consecutive games played streak in Portland history with 198.

A two-time All-Star, Terry Porter was the floor general for the Trail Blazers leading them to two NBA Finals appearances in 1990 and 1992 and an NBA-best and franchise record 63-win season in 1991. All this from the 24th pick in the 1985 draft out of tiny Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Porter is now in broadcasting for the Trail Blazers and holds the title of Alumni Ambassador. December 16, 2008 marked the day his No. 30 jersey joined the other retired greats in the rafters of the Rose Garden.

Schonely Speaks:
"With Drexler in the back court and the rest of that team, in the 90's. Much influence, maybe the best back court that this franchise has ever seen."

Photo Gallery: Terry Porter Through The Years

No. 12 Billy Ray Bates | 6-4 | Guard | 210 lbs

Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 18.0 mpg, 12.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, .482 FG%, .298 3PT%, .811 FT%

One hundred sixty eight. That’s the number of games Billy Ray Bates played in a Trail Blazers uniform. Though his Portland career only lasted three seasons Bates, used his time in red and black to win the hearts of the fans.

Signed by the team in February of 1980 from the Maine Lumberjacks of the Continental Basketball Association, Bates is attributed with giving the Trail Blazers the push they needed to make the playoffs by averaging 25.0 ppg. The next year he set the playoff franchise record with 28.3 ppg. Bates wowed the Memorial Coliseum crowds with high-flying dunks and deep three-pointers. His fast-paced and wildly entertaining style of play put him in the running for Greatest Trail Blazer of All Time even though his tenure in the Rose City was short lived.

Schonely Speaks:
"If you asked the fans and those of us who were around when Billy Ray Bates played here, he turned out to be probably, THE most popular player that the Blazers have ever had. To this day, fans say 'What we need is Billy Ray Bates!' He could play, but he had a tough past."

Photo Gallery: Billy Ray Bates Through The Years

The polls will stay open for one week, The player with the most votes will move onto the next round. Let me know in the comments who should advance in this matchup and why? Click Here To Vote!


  1. hmm, I wonder who Sarah voted for

    by DHawes22 on 8/9/2011 3:06 PM
  2. I couldn't agree more with the Schonz. I wished he had played longer with the team. He was my personal favorite Blazer ever! That said, I got to go with Porter's track record and move him on to the next round :(

    by blazerdarren77 on 8/9/2011 3:12 PM
  3. TP, obviously!! I just want to hug him every time I see him! (It takes a lot of self restraint to maintain composure.)

    by sarahhecht on 8/9/2011 9:44 PM
  4. BF77-
    What was it that derailed Billy Ray's career? Was it off-the-court stuff? Because I knew he could play (although I wasn't able to ever see him play live) and he had a few amazing playoff series with us. Also, he seemed like a high-flyer, was that why he was so beloved in Rip City?

    by ClydeFrog on 8/10/2011 1:10 PM
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