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Year: '72 Round: 2
Overall Pick: (26)
Year: '71 Round: 3
Overall Pick: (37)
Year: '75 Round: 2
Overall Pick: (25)
Year: '85 Round: 1
Overall Pick: (24)
Year: '72 Round: 3
Overall Pick: (31)
Year: '89 Round: 2
Overall Pick: (36)
Year: '84 Round: 2
Overall Pick: (46)
Great blog! It's crazy how the Trail Blazers front office basically created the greatest "team" (their three-year run from 90-92 still hasn't been matched) almost entirely through the draft and did so with late in the draft. They even traded for second round pick, Kevin Duckworth, 15 games or so into his rookie season with the Spurs.
That's right, Duck was from Eastern Illinois. Our starting five were mostly from small schools (save Clyde and Buck, although Houston and Maryland aren't top programs), but our bench went to more traditional powerhouses, like U Conn (Cliffy), Seton Hall (Mark Bryant), Duke (Abdelnaby), and Wake Forest (Danny Young). A team of gems!
I like your blog but your missing a few big names, Clyde Drexler not mentioned one of 6 Blazers to ever be elected to the Hall of Fame also he was taken #14. Bill Walton the man responsible for our only NBA title and another member of the Hall of Fame even though he went #1 overall there were 2 other F/C taken in the top 4 compared to them he was a gem. Arvydas Sabonis should also be worthy of a honorable mention as he is also a Hall of Famer plus he was selected in the 20's.
I thought about Drexler and Sabas, but hadn't considered Bill Walton. I wasn't convinced Clyde could be considered a "gem" since Houston was really good and well-known when he was there and Sabas took so long to get to Portland, I think in reduced what his contribution to the franchise could have been. Nevertheless, great names to consider.
I think Z-Bo deserves honorable mention. He was the Most Improved Player and we got him pretty late in the first-round, #21 if I remember correctly. As for Walton? I don't see how he is a "hidden gem". He played under Coach Wooden at UCLA and was the clear-cut pick. Also, Drexler, for whatever reason slipped. Houston was thinking of taking him in the Top 10 with one of their two first round picks but passed on him. Plus he came from a program that had just came off consecutive Final Four appearances.
I think if my list were a little longer Zach would have made it. I was unsure about first-rounders as "gems" and only included Terry Porter primarily because of "Wisconsin-Stevens Point"! I think Z-Bo came out after his freshman year which would have made him a little more of a risk and therefore a solid find considered what he turned out to be. I remember when he was playing behind Sheed when he was averaging like 17 and 8 and Coach Mo said, "If Z-Bo played 40 minutes a game he would be a 20-10 guy." I remember thinking, "Well...then..."
TP was a great call. Even if he was a first rounder, how many teams can say their greatest point guard in franchise history was from an NAIA school and was taken LATE in the first round?
Although TP was definitely a gem, I think basketball people may have known of him because he tried out for the Olympic team the year before and made the final 20 before being cut. That may have helped the Blazers because if he made the team he might have gotten drafted earlier. Nevertheless, NAIA! The only other player I can think of that was drafted in the first round out of an NAIA school was Scottie Pippen - and in the lottery, no less.
You missed a few Dennis Rodman, Elgin Baylor, Sam Jones, and Earl Monroe all of which are in the Hall of Fame although only Rodman going #27 went as late a Porter.
CMEESE47...the blog header says BLAZER'S draft day history...none of those guys were drafted by the Zers. Plus e Monroe was drafted 2nd overall.
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