With all of the recent talks about who belongs on the NBA's all-time Mount Rushmore, it got me wondering, who would belong on the Portland Trail Blazers' all-time Mount Rushmore?
First of all, this was brought to light by several current NBA stars listing their own individual Mount Rushmore’s.
First to make the statement was LeBron James:
A number of other star players followed suit, and even Portland’s Damian Lillard voiced his opinion from the Trail Blazers' Twitter account:
My @NBA Rushmore: Michael Jordan, Magic, Larry Bird, a third of Bill Russell, a third of Oscar Robinson and a third of Kareem.— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) February 14, 2014
Portland has served home to many great players throughout the years, raising the question of who should be on the Portland Trail Blazers' Mount Rushmore?
Just Off the List
For all of his attitude issues and technical fouls, Rasheed Wallace was a very talented basketball player. He was one of the first successful outside shooting big men in the NBA and yet also had a very effective post game down low on the block.
Although he essentially was the poster boy for the “Jail Blazers” era in Portland, Wallace will still go down as one of the best players to ever suit up for the Blazers. During his time in the Rip City, Wallace averaged 16.8 points and seven rebounds per game, leading the Blazers to the Western Conference Finals in 1999 and 2000.
In his first four seasons, before injuries settled in, Brandon Roy had collected honors such as NBA Rookie of the Year, three All-Star selections and two All-NBA selections. He was becoming one of the great young players in the league, until his body started to break down.
In his five total seasons in Portland, Roy averaged 19 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.
The Official Mount Rushmore of the Portland Trail Blazers
Maurice Lucas is a three-time NBA All-Star, a one-time All-NBA selection and a two-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection. During his time with the Blazers in the late 1970s, Lucas was considered one of the best power forwards in the NBA.
Lucas, paired with Bill Walton down low, formed a dominant tandem on both sides of the floor. Lucas played a major role in Portland’s 1977 NBA championship, a season where he averaged his best stat line of 20.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game.
Lucas was the biggest toss-up on making the final cut for the Blazers famous monument. However, in the end, his legacy as a Trail Blazer is much more likeable than Rasheed’s, and he won an NBA Championship, something Brandon Roy never accomplished.
Most of all, Portland would not have been able to win that 1977 NBA championship without Maurice Lucas, which cements him on the Portland Trail Blazers’ all-time monument.
In 10 seasons with the Trail Blazers, Terry Porter averaged 14.9 points, seven assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. He also ranks very high on several of the Blazers’ all-time statistics lists.
He is the franchise leader in assists (5,319) and three-pointers made (773), as well as ranking second in total points (11,330) and steals (1,182).
Porter helped lead the Blazers to the finals twice, losing both times in 1990 and 1992. He may not receive the same recognition as the next two guys on this list, but the things he did for the city were just as important.
Every point guard that dons the Blazers uniform is compared to the high standard set by Terry Porter. He undoubtedly deserves a spot on the Blazers' Mount Rushmore.
Bill Walton has quite the list of accomplishments as a Portland Trail Blazer. He was a two-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA selection, two-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection, one-time NBA MVP and one-time NBA Finals MVP.
Even with the slew of injuries suffered throughout his career, Walton led Portland to the franchise’s only title in 1977, causing the city to be forever grateful.
In his four seasons in Portland, Walton compounded the best stats of his career, averaging 17.1 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
Say what you want about Bill Walton, but there’s no question that he belongs on Portland’s all-time monument.
There is no question that Clyde Drexler is the best player to ever put on a Portland Trail Blazers jersey. During his prime, there was only one player better than Clyde “The Glide,” and that was Michael Jordan.
During his 12 seasons in Portland, Drexler averaged 20.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in points, steals and rebounds, and he is second in assists.
The eight-time All-Star and four-time All-NBA selection led the Trail Blazers to two NBA finals appearances.
Clyde Drexler was incredible in all facets of the game. With his famed athleticism and undeniable impact in the city of Portland, he without question belongs on the Trail Blazers’ Mount Rushmore.
Maurice Lucas, Terry Porter, Bill Walton and Clyde Drexler all make up the Mount Rushmore of the Portland Trail Blazers.