The Portland Trail Blazers don’t have a single pick in this year’s draft.
Judging by their history on that front, this might actually be a good thing.
You could easily make the argument that no NBA team has endured more draft-day heartbreak than the Blazers. From Sam Bowie to Brandon Roy, Portland has taken more than its fair share of swings for the fences, ending, more often than should be deserved, in epic—and sometimes tragic—misses.
The team’s draft history isn’t all hellish heartbreak, however.
What follows are the Blazers’ five most memorable hits and misses since 2000—a span of time that includes perhaps the two most heartbreaking picks in franchise history.
Spoiler alert: Roy is not included on this list. The reason? His career—though sadly cut short—briefly boasted the trajectory of a surefire Hall of Famer.
That, we think, is worth something.