Oct 26

Greatest Trail Blazers: #1 Porter vs. #2 Kersey

By sarahhecht Posted in: jeromekersey, terryporter
#1 Terry Porter vs. #2 Jerome Kersey

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 %

Over the past months we’ve whittled away at the prospects for Greatest Trail Blazer. Now we’ve undoubtedly come to a match up sure to test the loyalties of avid fans from the early 1990s. The squad that brought rabid Blazermania back to Rip City has pitted two of its own against each other in the Elite Eight.

This matchup between Jerome Kersey and Terry Porter is a toughie. Both were great players and integral pieces in the three-year run that garnered the Trail Blazers 179 wins, an NBA-best record and two trips to The NBA Finals. Even now they continue to impact Portland as Alumni Ambassadors for the team they pushed toward greatness.

Now, as we trek along toward naming the greatest Trail Blazer we’ve got to make our arguments and cast our votes.

Kersey’s competition is stiff. Terry Porter, another perpetual Trail Blazer, acted as the floor general during his decade in Portland. The Scottie Pippen to partner with Clyde Drexler’s Michael Jordan, Porter helped push “The Glide” to great heights. A two-time all-star in his own right, Porter’s leadership from the point and accuracy from behind the arc were clutch to the prosperity of Rip City in the early 90s.

Also keeping up with the Trail Blazers, Porter acts as an Alumni Ambassador and a studio analyst for the television broadcast team.

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. 25 Jerome Kersey | Small Forward | 6-7 | 225 lbs

Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 25.8 mpg, 12.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg, 0.8 bpg .476 FG%, .198 3PT %, .699 FT %

Next up, Jerome Kersey, an ever-persevering talent. Coaches, teammates and fans alike never had to question which aspect of Kersey’s game would show up on a given night—he brought it all. His solid work ethic and never-waning commitment to his team—not to mention the killer flat top—endeared him to Blazer fans a decade ago as they do now.

In continuing the Trail Blazers tradition of community outreach, Kersey can be found representing the pinwheel across the Portland metro area. From basketball clinics and season ticket holder events, to the Boys and Girls Club and Habitat for Humanity, his dedication to Portland and Trail Blazers fans may put him a leg above the competition.

Schonely Speaks:
"Mercy Mercy Jerome Kersey. A true team player. Gave his body...full out. Could do it all."

Photo Gallery: Jerome Kersey Through The Years

Now it’s time to cast your vote. Will it be Kersey and his high flying dunks? Or Porter and his bombs from three-point land? Watch the videos, check out the photo galleries and make your decision: Who will stay in the running for greatest Trail Blazer?

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. Hey Miss Sarah:

    I cannot vote between Porter and Kersey. they were both essential to our Championship runs. They both played different positions and both played with Clyde in mind and off the ball with Clyde in command.

    It is funny as I remembered Kersey with his power dunks and occasionally he would lose the ball on the way up, I was told he had small hands and that made it more difficult. Then I was at the Rose Garden on a rear occasion and was talking to an usher, and she informed me that in some room they had Jerome's hand print and they were humongous So now I don't know what to believe. Can you fill me in? Other then that he seemed to be flawless. And Terry was always Terry.

    So choose between the two I could not.

    by Hg on 10/26/2011 12:47 PM
  2. @HG, I found a ball with Jerome's hand print on it! I'm posting it to my twitter account @sarahhechtNBA for you to go check out.

    Also, I agree on this being a tough decision. I'm a HUGE TP fan (he's the reason I fell in love with the team) so I have to stick my loyalties there, but I absolutely adore JK too. Argh! So hard to decide!

    by sarahhecht on 10/26/2011 1:02 PM
  3. Hey Miss Sarah;

    I found the picture and saved it, but I don't know how to comment on twitter. would use twitter more if I knew how.

    by Hg on 10/26/2011 2:21 PM
  4. Oh Miss Sarah:
    is there anyway you could send pictures of other players hand prints and label them so I could compare. Oh please, pretty please. and all those other pleas.

    by Hg on 10/26/2011 4:48 PM
  5. no doubt THE toughest vote in the bracket

    by blazerdarren77 on 10/26/2011 4:58 PM
  6. @HG, did you see the one I posted of Sabonis?

    by sarahhecht on 10/26/2011 7:06 PM
  7. @BF77, I totally agree!

    by sarahhecht on 10/26/2011 7:06 PM
  8. From the outside this seems a hard decision but as a devout Blazermaniac and knowing what both meant to the team I choose Terry Porter because of his leadership and decision making.

    by mbmurr1 on 11/3/2011 10:45 AM
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