12 Trail Blazers you may have forgotten played in Rip City
Rip City, Baby
A lot of memorable players have called Rip City home. From Damian Lillard to Brandon Roy, Bill Walton to Jusuf Nurkic, we all have our favorites that will forever be synonymous with the Portland Trail Blazers.
But what about the ones you forgot about? Players that made names for themselves in the NBA, and one way or another spent time in Rip City.
You all remember Mike Miller was technically a Blazer, right? But he never actually played a game for Portland.
For this list, we went over the roster and found the players that played in PDX, but we may not remember.
The players that make you stop and go, "Oh, now I remember. I almost forget he played here!"
Let's get this list started...
Fat Lever: 1982-1984
When you think of Fat Lever, you think of the Denver Nuggets.
Lever played six seasons in Denver, nearly averaging a triple-double during his tenure (17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game).
He was a two-time All-Star, All-NBA second team in '86-87, and All-Defensive second team in '87-88.
He is arguably one of the greatest Denver Nuggets of all-time, but do you remember he started his career with the Blazers?
Lever was drafted by the Trail Blazers with the 11th overall pick in the 1982 NBA Draft and spent the first two seasons of his career with the Blazers.
He played in 162 games, averaging 8.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game.
In the summer of 1984 he was traded to Denver for All-Star Kiki Vandeweghe, and the rest is history.
Mario Elie: 1992-1993
Mario Elie is a three-time NBA champion, winning twice with the Rockets, and once with the San Antonio Spurs.
He was an integral part of the Rockets' back-to-back titles, playing the part of sixth-man.
But before he brought three titles to the state of Texas, he made a stop in the Pacific Northwest.
Elie spent one season with the Blazers, playing in all 82 games during the 1992-93 season. He averaged 8.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game and it was the best season of his career up to that point.
Following the 1993 season, Elie was traded to Houston for a second-round pick in the 1995 NBA Draft.
Otis Thorpe: 1994-1995
Blazers fans remember that their favorite team traded franchise star Clyde Drexler to Houston, but they may forget who they traded him for...
Otis Thorpe was a dominant force in the NBA during the late 80s and early 90s.
He was an NBA All-Star in 1992, and teamed with Mario Elie to help bring the Houston Rockets a championship in 1994.
However, the Rockets chose to part ways with him midway through the '94-'95 season, trading him to the Blazers for Clyde Drexler.
Drexler went on to win a championship with the Rockets that season, while Thorpe was gone just as quickly as he arrived in Rip City.
Thorpe finished the season, playing in 37 total games for the Blazers, but was traded to the Detroit Pistons in the offseason.
Nick Van Exel: 2004-2005
Nick Van Exel is probably best-known for his tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers.
He was drafted by L.A. in the second round of the 1993 NBA Draft, and the Lakers quickly realized they had struck gold.
Van Exel was named to the All-Rookie second team in 1994, and by 1998 he was an NBA All-Star.
He would eventually be traded and go on to play parts four seasons with the Nuggets, having some of the best years of his career in Denver, as well as Dallas and Golden State before landing with the Blazers.
The Blazers traded Dale Davis and Dan Dickau to Golden State for Van Exel in the 2004 offseason. Van Exel would play 53 games for the Blazers, starting 34 of them. He averaged 11.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in his lone season with Portland.
He played one more season in the NBA after leaving Rip City, retiring in 2006.
Will Perdue: 2000-2001
In the year 2000, the Blazers added a four-time NBA champion to the roster. Not just any NBA champion, but a player that helped Michael Jordan dominate in Chicago.
No, we're not talking about Scottie Pippen (he came to Portland in 1999), we're talking about 7'0" center Will Perdue.
Perdue won three titles with the Bulls, and one with the Spurs, before signing with the Blazers as a free agent in 2000.
Unfortunately for the Blazers, Perdue was far past his prime. He was a serviceable back-up big with the Bulls and Spurs, but was nothing more than a big body on the bench for the Blazers.
Perdue played in just 13 games for the Blazers in what would end up being his final season in the NBA, averaging a career-low 1.1 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 0.2 assists per game.
Jim Jackson: 1998-1999
Jim Jackson was an NBA journeyman, so it may be easy to forget he once called Portland home.
After starting his career and spending five successful seasons in Dallas, Jackson went to New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Golden State, before stopping in Portland for the '98-'99 season.
It was an interesting year for Jackson, as it was the first time in his career that he wasn't a starter.
Coming off the bench, Jackson averaged 8.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 49 games for the Blazers.
In the offseason he was traded, along with Isaiah Rider, to the Atlanta Hawks for Ed Gray and Steve Smith.
By the time his career was over, Jackson had played for 12 different teams, and Portland was one of them.
Greg Anthony: 1998-2001
Greg Anthony is probably best known for his broadcasting career and being the very first starting point guard for the expansion Vancouver Grizzlies, but do you remember he also spent three seasons in Portland?
From 1998 to 2001 Greg Anthony was the back-up point guard behind Damon Stoudamire.
The lefty averaged 5.9 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in his three seasons with the Blazers.
After the 2001 season he was traded to the Bulls for a 2002 second-round pick.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim: 2003-2005
Shareef Abdur-Rahim was one talented big man.
Drafted with the third overall pick in 1996, he spent five seasons with the Vancouver Grizzlies before being traded to the Atlanta Hawks.
He made the All-Star team in 2002 and was one of the most consistent power forwards in the league. However, the Hawks continued to struggle and he was sent to the Blazers in 2004, along with Dan Dickau and Theo Ratliff, as part of the famous Rasheed Wallace trade.
Abdur-Rahim spent one and a half seasons in Portland, averaging 14.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.
He left in free agency following the 2005 season.
Interesting note: His head coach during his final seasons in Atlanta? None other than current Trail Blazers head coach, Terry Stotts.
Antonio Daniels: 2002-2003
Daniels spent 13 seasons in the NBA, playing for seven different teams, and carving out a niche as a solid back-up guard.
Daniels was part of the San Antonio Spurs championship team in 1999... the same Spurs that beat the Trail Blazers that season in the Western Conference Finals.
After four seasons in San Antonio, he was traded to the Blazers for Steve Kerr.
Daniels spent one season in Portland, averaging just 3.7 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.
He hit the open market at the end of the season, eventually signing with the Seattle SuperSonics.
Jeff McInnis: 2003-2004
Jeff McInnis was the star point guard of a young Clippers team in the early 2000s that featured players like Corey Maggette, Darius Miles, Quentin Richardson, Elton Brand, and Lamar Odom.
In 2001 and 2002, he was the team's second-leading scorer, and his future in L.A. looked bright, but McInnis surprised many by signing with the Blazers prior to the start of the '02-'03 season.
McInnis underwhelmed, averaging just 5.8 points and 2.3 assists in 75 games his first season in Rip City.
Midway through the '03-'04 season, he was traded to the Cavaliers for former Clippers teammate Darius Miles.
Jamaal Magloire: 2006-2007
There was a time when Jamaal Magloire was one of the better centers in the NBA.
He was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 2000 and spent five seasons with the team. In 2004, with the Hornets now relocated to New Orleans, Magloire had the best season of his career.
That season, he averaged 13.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game. His success earned him a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team, becoming just the second Canadian-born player to be named an All-Star.
Magloire was traded to Milwaukee in 2005, and one year later the Bucks traded him to Portland. The Blazers sent Steve Blake, Ha Seung-Jin, and Brian Skinner to Milwaukee in return.
Magloire was just three seasons removed from being an All-Star, but he wasn't the same player in Portland. He played 81 games for the Blazers, averaging 6.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 0.4 assists.
He spent just one season in Portland, signing with the Nets in the offseason.
Sasha Pavlović: 2012-2013
Sasha Pavlović made a career out of being a solid rotational player, having the best seasons of his career while playing with LeBron James in Cleveland.
After his stint in Cleveland, Pavlović bounced around the league, eventually being traded to the Blazers in 2012.
Pavlović brought a veteran's presence to the team, but his impact on the court was minimal.
He played in 39 games for the Blazers, averaging 2.6 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game.
He was released in the summer of 2013 and hasn't played in the NBA since.