Blazers Mt. Rushmore of Power Forwards
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 Travis Demers brings us the Mt. Rushmore of Power Forwards. Let’s see who is on his monument…
LaMarcus Aldridge wanted to be the greatest Trail Blazers of all-time - That title is currently held by Clyde Drexler, but statistically, Aldridge was still one of the best Blazers ever.
Aldridge spent the first nine seasons of this career in Portland. In that time was a four-time All-Star, a four-time All-League selection, and his name is all over the Blazers record books:
- Third all-time in games played (758)
- Second all-time in field goals made (5,121)
- Fourth all-time in free throws made (2,259)
- Third all-time in offensive rebounds (1,736)
- First all-time in defensive rebounds (3,698)
- First all-time in total rebounds (5,434)
He is first in all of those categories if you only count power forwards.
Maurice Lucas was not an enforcer, he was The Enforcer. Lucas’ first season in the NBA was ‘76-’77, a season that Trail Blazers fans remember well. Lucas teamed with Bill Walton to form one of the best PF/C combos in the NBA and led the Blazers to their only NBA Championship.
Lucas averaged 15.6 points and 8.7 rebounds over five seasons with the Trail Blazers (76’-’80, ’87-’88) but none was greater than that ’77 season. That season Lucas averaged 20.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, and 3.8 assists per game.
And who could forget the melee against the 76ers that helped ignite the Blazers run to the title? It was all thanks to The Enforcer.
Buck Williams spent the first eight years of his NBA career with the Nets and was an absolute force, averaging 16.4 points and 11.9 rebounds with New Jersey. By the time he got to Portland Williams' best years were behind him, but he was still a game changer. That’s just how incredibly good Buck Willams was.
His first year with the Blazers was statistically his best, averaging 13.6 points and 9.8 rebounds, but defense is where he really made a living. From 1989-1992 Williams was a lock to be on the NBA All-Defensive team, twice earning first-team honors (’90, ’91).
He is fourth all-time in both defensive and offensive rebounds in Blazers history (3,167 and 1,694 respectively) and his 4,526 career offensive boards are the fourth most in NBA history.
Rasheed Wallace may have won back-to-back NBA titles with the Detroit Pistons, but he made his name with the Trail Blazers. Wallace spent eight seasons in Portland and was a huge part of the Blazers run to back-to-back Western Conference Finals in 1999 and 2000.
The best year of his NBA career came with the Blazers in 2000-2001 when he averaged career highs in points (19.3) and rebounds (8.2) per game while adding in 1.9 assists and 1.3 blocks.
Over his eight seasons in Rip City, he averaged 16.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, and his turnaround jumper was unstoppable.