Blazers Mt. Rushmore of Point Guards
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 Orlando Williams brings us the Mt. Rushmore of Point Guards. Let’s see who is on the monument…
You can’t talk about Trail Blazers point guards without talking about the one and only Damian Lillard. Back in 2012 the Blazers selected the Weber State star with the sixth pick in the draft. Lillard would instantly light the league on fire en route to winning Rookie of the Year.
The Blazers missed the playoffs his rookie season but have since made five straight trips to the postseason with Lillard leading the way.
Lillard is a three-time NBA All-Star and a four-time All-League selection, making All-NBA First-Team in 2017-18.
Just six years into his NBA career, Lillard is already one of the greatest Blazers of all-time.
Lillard has 2,928 assists in his career, which is the fourth-best in franchise history, and his 1,269 career three-pointers is a franchise record (and 443 than the second player on the list, Wesley Matthews).
Damian Lillard is just getting started.
A Portland native, Damon Stoudamire started his career with the Toronto Raptors, winning Rookie of the Year in 1995-96, but a mid-season trade in 1998 brought him back home.
The Blazers had lost in the first round of the playoffs six seasons in a row prior to his arrival, but in 1999 and 2000 Stoudamire helped lead them all the way to the Western Conference Finals.
In his eight seasons with the Blazers, Stoudamire averaged 12.8 points, 5.7 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game. His 3,018 assists with the Blazers is the third best number in franchise history and the second most for a point guard.
Terry Porter was the floor general for the most successful stretch in franchise history. Porter played for the Trail Blazers from 1985-1995 and in that time the Blazers never missed the playoffs.
Three seasons in a row, from 1990-1992, Porter and the Blazers made it to the Western Conference Finals, twice advancing to the NBA Finals (’90 and ’92).
Porter is 15th all-time in NBA history in career assists (7,160), and the 5,319 assists he had with the Blazers is a franchise record.
The two-time NBA All-Star averaged 14.9 points, 7.0 assists, and 3.5 rebounds in his 10 seasons in Portland.
Rod Strickland had two tenures in Portland, first playing with the Blazers from 1992-1996, and once again in 2000-2001. It’s the first stop in Portland that fans will remember.
Strickland was one of the best point guards in the league in his time in Portland, averaging a near double-double every season. In ‘95’-’96 he had his best season in Portland, averaging 18.7 points and 9.6 assists per game.
Strickland is 31st all-time in steals (1,616) and 12th all-time in assists (7,987). He had 2,573 assists in a Blazers uniform, the fifth most in franchise history, but his average of 8.2 assists per game as a Blazer is a franchise record.
Remember, those first three seasons in Portland is split time with Terry Porter.