Aug 15

Greatest Trail Blazers: #2 Petrie Vs. #7 Carr

By DHawes22 Posted in: Blazers, geoffpetrie, kennycarr
#2 Geoff Petrie vs. #7 Kenny Carr

No. 45 Geoff Petrie | Guard | 6-5 | 195 lbs

Written By Aaron Grossman
Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 37.6 mpg, 21.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.6 apg, 0.55 spg, 0.15 bpg, .455 FG %, --- 3 PT %, .805 FT %

The Trail Blazers’ first draft choice and first NBA All-Star, Geoff Petrie left a substantial mark on the Trail Blazers franchise in his six seasons in Portland. By nearly any measure, Petrie was one of the best scorers in team history. His 9,732 career points rank sixth on Portland’s all-time list. The five players ahead of Petrie on that list (Drexler, Porter, C. Robinson, Kersey, Paxson) are also the top five in games played as Trail Blazers. Petrie isn’t even in the top 10. His 21.8 points per game are more than any of the players above him on that all-time scoring list and rank third all-time by a Trail Blazer (Vandeweghe, 23.5; Wicks, 22.3). Take into account also that the NBA had no 3-point line in the 70s, and Petrie’s stats certainly would have been padded in today’s game by his long-distance shooting ability.

In Portland’s inaugural 1970-71 season and his first as a pro, Petrie ranked seventh in the league in scoring (24.8), earned a trip to the NBA All-Star Game and was named NBA Rookie of the Year. He again ranked seventh in the NBA in scoring with a career-best 24.9 points per game in 1972-73, a year that saw him score 51 points not once, but twice, and each time against the Houston Rockets. That Trail Blazers single-game scoring mark stood for 32 seasons, and perhaps never would have been broken with the 3-point line in play for Petrie. He finished eighth in league scoring in 1973-74 (23.8). Sadly, a knee injury caused the Trail Blazers to trade Petrie (who never played again) after the 1975-76 season in exchange for a draft pick that became Maurice Lucas, and soon after, a championship. But Petrie ended his career then just as he stands now: As one of the greatest Trail Blazers scorers ever.

Schonely Speaks:
"Our first player back in 1970. Co-Rookie of the Year. Great scorer. Could do it all out of Princeton. He was the best."

Photo Gallery: Geoff Petrie Through The Years

No. 34 Kenny Carr | Forward | 6-7 | 245 lbs

Written By Aaron Grossman
Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 28.2 mpg, 12.4 points, 8.1 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.70 spg, 0.43 bpg, .524 FG %, .100 3 PT %, .698 FT %

By the time Kenny Carr became a Trail Blazer, the five-year NBA veteran had already won an Olympic Gold Medal with Team USA in 1976. But he saved some of his best basketball for Portland. In five seasons with the Trail Blazers from 1982-87, the bruising forward averaged 12.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, up from averages of 10.9 points and 6.9 rebounds in his previous five campaigns. And the year Carr arrived in Portland, the Trail Blazers began what became a 21-year run of postseason berths – the second-longest string of playoff appearances in NBA history.

An efficient scorer, Carr never took shots away from the high-scoring likes of Jim Paxson, Calvin Natt, Mychal Thompson, Kiki Vandeweghe and Clyde Drexler during his time in the Rose City. But when he did put the ball up, Carr found the basket. To this day, he ranks fifth among all Trail Blazers in career field goal percentage (min. 1,000 field goals) at 52.4%. But he physical, undersized big man was perhaps better known for his work on the glass. Carr led the team in rebounding 92 times during his Portland career, including a stretch of four straight games in his final season (Jan. 9-15, 1987) where he grabbed at least 15 boards on four straight game nights.

Schonely Speaks:
"Tough. Quiet. Tricky. Gentle. And an All-Star."

Photo Gallery: Kenny Carr Through The Years

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