Blazers Mt. Rushmore Shooting 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.
First up, the Trail Blazers shooting guards…
The first one to come to mind and the easiest choice is Clyde Drexler.
Yes, he is my George Washington of the group.
When you think of Trail Blazer greats, you think of Clyde the Glyde. After all, he leads the franchise in points and steals.
Plus, Drexler is a 10-time NBA All-Star and he earned eight of those All-Star appearances when he was with the Blazers.
Also, it should be noted, Drexler was induced into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004 and his number 22 was retired by Portland.
With Clyde’s memorable and athletic dunks along, with his impressive passing skills, how can you not have Clyde Drexler on the Blazers Mt. Rushmore of shooting guards.
This is a tug-at-your-heartstrings kind of Mt. Rushmore pick. For my second choice, I went with Brandon Roy.
The former Rookie of the Year played for Portland from 2006-2011. While his career was cut short by injury, he still pulled off several legendary performances.
Let’s jog your memory a little bit:
-A 0.8 buzzer beater to beat Houston in an overtime thriller
-Career-High 52 points versus Phoenix at home
-18 points in the 4th quarter to spark a dramatic playoff comeback versus the Mavericks
-Eight days after knee surgery, Roy returned in game 4 of a Blazers-Suns playoff series to help get a needed win
Next up, another Blazers All-Star, Jim Paxson.
Paxson was an All-Star with Portland in 1983 and 1984.
And this was a shooting guard that could score the ball.
When he was traded from the Blazers to the Celtics, he left as the franchise's all-time scoring leader.
Paxson made the All-NBA second team in 1984 and you can’t forget to mention he played nine seasons in Portland.
My final pick is someone who encapsulates what it means to be a Trail Blazer: Geoff Petrie.
Yes, Petrie is a Blazer through and through after playing his entire career from 1970-76 with Portland. Later he would become a Blazers radio commentator and served as Portland’s vice president of operations. Rip City is practically in his blood.
Plus, Petrie was rookie of the year in 1971 and he was also a two-time All-Star.
His number 45 has also been retired by the team.