Oct 20

Greatest Trail Blazers: #1 Walton Vs. #2 Robinson

By DHawes22 Posted in: billwalton, Blazers, cliffrobinson
#1 Bill Walton vs. #2 Cliff Robinson

No. 32 Bill Walton | Center | 6-11 | 225 lbs

Career Stats As A Trail Blazer:33.7 mpg, 17.1 ppg, 13.5 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.0 spg, 2.6 bpg, .510 FG %, .674 FT %

Written By Casey Holdahl
Today's matchup between Bill Walton and Clifford Robinson seems like a mismatch, but it all depends on how you define a player’s value to an organization.

On one hand, you got Walton, likely the most well known Trail Blazer of all time. Without Walton, there is no 1977 championship parade through the streets of downtown Portland. When at his best, Big Red ranks as one of the best centers to ever play the game, and you could easily make the case he's the best passing big man ever and one of the NBA's most cerebral players. He's one of a handful of players who have won the regular season MVP, Finals MVP and Sixth Man of the Year awards.

But for all of his talents, Walton played just four seasons in Portland thanks to injury and acrimony. He played an average of 48 games per season during his 10-year career, so even though he was undoubtedly talented, durability, or lack thereof, tarnishes Walton's legacy, though through no fault of his own.

Schonely Speaks:
"What more can I say about that guy? The leader of that championship team. Made everybody else on that team much better. He could do it all. And that team, was a team."

Photo Gallery: Bill Walton Through The Years

No. 3 Cliff Robinson | Forward | 6-10 | 225 lbs

Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 30.8 mpg, 16.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.1 bpg 44.6 FG%, 34.9 3PT %, 68 FT %

Written By Casey Holdahl
On the other hand, you have Uncle Cliffy. He played in just one All-Star game and won just one award of note, the 1992-93 Sixth Man of the Year. He'll never be named to the Hall of Fame, unlike Walton, whose inclusion was a no-brainer.

But what Robinson lacked in talent (at least relative to Walton), he made up for with durability and longevity. He played 18 seasons! And that's not 18 seasons straight out of high school; that's 18 seasons after playing four years at Connecticut. He was 40 when he played his final season in the NBA! He missed just 10 games during his eight years in Portland, and he didn't miss a game until his sixth season in the league. Impressive stuff.

But Uncle Cliffy could play as well. He averaged at least 15 points per game in his last five season in Portland. He worked diligently on improving his game, most notable his three-point shooting, making him a valuable cog in the powerful mid-90's Trail Blazers teams.

Schonely Speaks:
“Uncle Cliffy. Great hands, long arms and a vital part of the Blazers while he was here.”

Photo Gallery: Cliff Robinson Through The Years

Your decision between Walton and Robinson says something about what it is you value as a fan of the Portland Trail Blazers. If you base your decision strictly on talent, then you're probably voting for Walton. But if you're more apt to look at the totality of a player's career, maybe you give the nod to Robinson. The choice is yours.

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

Bracket: The Greatest Trail Blazer Of All-Time


  1. Bill was the better player but Cliff gave us more basketball. Toss up, so I went with Cliff just because I like him more and the headband was trendsetting in the early 90's.

    by ClydeFrog on 10/24/2011 10:03 AM
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