Blazers Mt. Rushmore of Small 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, Blazers Outsider Dan Marang brings us the Mt. Rushmore of Small Forwards. Let’s see who is on his monument…
“Mercy, mercy, Jerome Kersey.” To Blazers fans Kersey is now, and may forever be the gold standard of Portland small forwards. Hustle, heart, hard-nosed, and a motor that never stopped.
Kersey spent 11 of his 17 years in the NBA with the Trail Blazers, averaging 12.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.3 steals per game while wearing the red and black.
His best season came in ‘87-‘88 when he averaged 19.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
In the Trail Blazers record books, Kersey is second all-time in offensive rebounds (1,900), third all-time in defensive rebounds (3, 178), third all-time in total rebounds (5,078), and third all-time in steals (1,059).
Scottie Pippen was well past his prime when he joined the Blazers, but his veteran savvy was key to the Blazers success. While he wasn’t averaging 20 points per game like he did with the Bulls, he still knew how to fill up a stat sheet.
In his four seasons with the Blazers, Pippen averaged 11.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. His assists and steals averages are both top-10 all-time in Trail Blazers history.
Pippen left following the 2002-2003 season, and the very next season Portland missed the playoffs for the first time in 21 seasons.
Nic Batum played the first seven years of his NBA career with the Trail Blazers, and there are a lot of Blazers fans that wish he were still here. Portland traded Batum to the Hornets in the 2015 offseason, and he remains one of the better small forwards in the league. While with the Blazers, Batum averaged 11.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.0 assists.
Against the New Orleans Hornets on December 16, 2012, Batum became just the ninth player in NBA history to record a rare 5x5 stat line - he had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists, 5 steals, and five blocks.
Uncle Cliffy is perhaps the most versatile player to ever play for the Blazers. Is he a small forward, power forward, or a center? Depends on who you ask because he played all those positions for the Blazers.
Robinson spent eights seasons with the Blazers, averaging 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.
In the Trail Blazers records books, Robinson is Top-10 all-time in steals, blocks, points, rebounds, three-point field goals, and games played just to name a few categories.