Blazers Mt. Rushmore of Centers
Have you ever thought about who you would put on a Trail Blazers Mt. Rushmore?
Well, our analysts are going to put together their very own Blazer Mt. Rushmore by position.
Today, Chad Doing brings us the Mt. Rushmore of Centers. Let’s see who is on his monument…
Big Red led the Blazers to their only championship in 1977, and for that, he will forever live on the Mt.Rushmore of Blazers centers. Walton had the best season of his career in ’77, averaging 18.6 points, 14.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 3.2 blocks per games.
For his career in Portland he averaged 17.1 points, 13.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.6 blocks. His 13.5rpg is the highest number any player has ever averaged while playing with the Blazers, and he has the highest PER (22.1) in franchise history. Oh, and he is probably the best passing big man to ever play the game.
Sabonis was 31 when he finally made his NBA debut with the Blazers, and while his best days of basketball were behind him he still managed to change the franchise.
Sabas was a key part of the Blazers success in the late ‘90s, and even on bad knees, he was a force. - You would be hard-pressed to find a guy that played better defense on Shaq.
Sabonis played seven seasons with the Blazers, averaging 12.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. His win shares per 48 minutes of .200 is a franchise best, and he has the third-best PER in team history at 21.2 (behind only Walton and Drexler).
The Blazers made a trade with the Spurs in the middle of the 1986-’87 season that landed Duckworth in Portland. It may be one of the best trades in team history.
Duckworth would go on to win Most Improved Player in 1987-’88, was an NBA All-Star in 1989 and 1991, and was a fan favorite on the '90 and '92 teams that went to the NBA Finals.
Duckworth spent seven seasons with the Blazers, averaging 13.6 points & 6.3 rebounds per game.
Nurkic has played just one full season with the Blazers, but his impact on Rip City has been immense. He arrived via late season trade in 2017, helping save the Blazers season and secure Portland a playoff a spot. All of Portland came down with “Nurkic Fever,” and the rest is history.
This past season Nurkic had the best season of his career, averaging 14.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game.
He just signed a 4-year deal with the Blazers, so the Bosnian Beast isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.