The Many Tragedies of the Portland Trail Blazers

No NBA team is immune to roster mistakes, but the Trail Blazers’ 45-year run of misfortune needs to be acknowledged and analyzed.

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Schlueter’s ‘71-’72 season averages (12 point, 11 rebounds) were easily the highlight of a — I’ll let you pick the adjective here — career.
  • Take a look at the final numbers from the UCLA game:

8. 1978- Portland selects Mychal Thompson with the first overall pick in the draft; Boston selects Larry Bird at 6.

Thompson- 935 Games, 13.7 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0x All-Star

7. 1976- Portland trades Moses Malone to Buffalo for a 1978 draft pick (24th overall) and $232,000.

Malone- 20.3 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 13x All-Star, 3x NBA MVP

6. 1986–95- Portland selects Arvydas Sabonis with the 26th overall pick in the draft, then has to wait for a decade before he actually plays for them.

Sabonis’ overseas feats during the mid-to-late ’80s are the stuff of legend. Here’s how Bill Walton described the foreign phenom to Grantland back in 2011:

5. 2005- Portland trades the third overall pick (Deron Williams) in the draft to Utah for picks 6 (Martell Webster), 27 (Linas Kleiza) and Detroit’s first round pick in 2006 (Joel Freeland); New Orleans selects Chris Paul with the fourth overall pick.

Webster- 580 Games, 8.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0x All-Star

4. 2006, 2011- Portland trades Randy Foye to Minnesota for Brandon Roy, who retires five years later.

Foye- 752 Games, 10.3 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 2.8 APG, 0x All-Star

3. 2007- Portland selects Greg Oden with the first overall pick in the draft; Seattle selects Kevin Durant with the second pick.

Oden- 105 Games, 8.0 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0x All-Star

2. 1978- Bill Walton’s foot breaks in half.

Walton- 209 Games, 17.1 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 4.4 APG, 2x All-Star, NBA MVP

1. 1984- Portland selects Sam Bowie with the second overall pick in the draft; Chicago selects Michael Jordan with the third overall pick.

Bowie- 511 Games, 10.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0x All-Star

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