Greatest Trail Blazers Team: Power Forward
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 09/27/2010 12:15 PM

    Who is the Greatest PF in Trail Blazers History?
    LaMarcus Aldridge (6)
     11%
    Brian Grant (3)
     5%
    Maurice Lucas (17)
     30%
    Zach Randolph (0)
     0%
    Rasheed Wallace (16)
     29%
    Sidney Wicks (4)
     7%
    Buck Williams (10)
     18%
    After voting in ESPN's Greatest Trail Blazers Starting 5 , I wanted to take it one step further and find out why people voted the way they did. So here's how this will play out. Every 3-5 days or so, I'll post a new poll with 5 options for that specific position. Once the Starting 5 is taken care of, there will be a vote for 'Super Subs' where I'll pool together a list of the players who didn't win their position battles. Users will be able to vote up to 3 players(1 center, 1 froward, 1 guard) to fill out our 8-man rotation. Chemistry matters as well, so we will need to vote on 4 role players to fill out the roster. These players will consist of Trail Blazers who came off the bench the majority of their playing career. Once we have our team in place, they need someone to coach them, right?  All right, here we go...

    Note: All Notable information courtesy of OregonLive.com and Trail Blazers media guide


    Power Forward

    LaMarcus Aldridge
    : 6'11", 240 lbs, University of Texas

    Seasons in Portland: 4 (2006-current)

    Stats: 298 games, 16.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.6 apg

    Notable: Acquired via draft night trade with Chicago, Led the team in field goal percentage (minimum 250 made) in 07-08 (.484) and 08-09 (.484), and offensive rebounding in 07-08 and 08-09 (2.9). His 5 blocked shots against Houston on 4/24/09 tie him for 3rd all-time in Trail Blazers postseason history for a single game performance. Averaged 19.5 ppg and a team-best 7.5 rpg in first playoff series against Houston.








    Brian Grant:
    6'9", 254 lbs, Xavier University

    Seasons in Portland: 3 (1997-2000)

    Stats: 172 games, 10.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 0.6 apg

    Notable: Led Trail Blazers in total rebounds in 98-99 (470). Ranks 7th all-time in rebounds for a postseason in 1998 (10.4). Averaged 13.2 ppg and 9.2 rpg during 1998 postseason. Acquired as a free agent in the summer of 1997. Most remembered for his playoff battles with Karl Malone. After a Malone elbow broke open Grant's eyebrow, causing him to bleed during Game 5 of the Western Conference Semi's, fans showed up to the Rose Garden for Game 6 with band-aids over their eyebrows in support for the Rasta Monsta.









    Maurice Lucas: 6'9", 215 lbs, Marquette University

    Seasons in Portland: 5 (1976-1980, 1987-1988)

    Stats: 330 games, 15.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.5 apg

    Notable: Three-time All-Star in Portland, and All-NBA second team in 1977-1978. Two-time All-NBA defensive team member (1st team in 1977-1978, second team 1978-1979). Recorded three games of 20 points and 20 rebounds. No. 20 is retired by the team. Member of Portland's only championship team (1977). Ranks 4th all-time in rebounds for a postseason in 1978 (12.5)









    Zach Randolph: 6'9", 253 lbs, Michigan State University

    Seasons in Portland: 6 (2001-2007)

    Stats: 381 games, 16.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.6 apg

    Notable: Named 2003-04 Most Improved Player. Ranks 7th all-time in offensive rebounds (946). Led the Trail Blazers in scoring, total rebounds, defensive rebounds, offensive rebounds, field goals made, field goals attempted free throws made, and free throws attempted from 2004-2007. Averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in 2004 and 2007.










    Rasheed Wallace:
    6'10", 225 lbs, University of North Carolina

    Seasons in Portland: 8 (1996-2004)

    Stats: 544 games, 16.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.8 apg

    Notable: Two-time All-Star (00, 01). Ranks 3rd all-time in blocked shots (693), 5th all-time in 3-pt field goals made (373), 5th all-time in defensive rebounds ((2,892), 6th all-time in total rebounds ((3,797), 8th all-time in points (9,119),  8th all-time in field goals made (3,634), and 9th all-time in offensive rebounds (905)










    Sidney Wicks: 6'8", 225 lbs, University of California, Los Angeles

    Seasons in Portland: 5 (1971-1976)

    Stats: 318 games, 22.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 4.1 apg

    Notable: Four-time All-Star, the 1971-1972 NBA Rookie of the Year and the owner of seven triple-doubles. Ranks 5th on the franchise list in rebounding (4,086), 9th in scoring (8,882) and 10th in assists (1,647) and holds the single-game rebounding record of 27.










    Buck Williams: 6'8", 215 lbs, University of Maryland

    Seasons in Portland: 7 (1989-96)

    Stats: 557 games, 10.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.1 apg

    Notable: With Portland was a three-time member of the All-NBA Defensive team, twice on the first team. Twice led the NBA in field goal percentage and led the Blazers in all seven of his seasons. Team's all-time field goal percentage leader (.550) and ranks 4th overall in rebounds (4,861), including 3rd in offensive rebounds (1,694) and defensive rebounds(3,167). Ranks 3rd all-time in consecutive games played (196). The Trail Blazers finally ended their streak of first-round exits after acquiring Williams from the New Jersey Nets in the summer of 1990.








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    PG: Terry Porter
    SG: Clyde Drexler
    SF: Jerome Kersey
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  1. AnnaInTheHouse
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    Posted 09/27/2010 12:25 PM

    Lucas takes the cake for me. His notes say it all. :)
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 09/27/2010 12:51 PM

    Someone persuade me. Tell me why you picked the player you did, because I really am torn between Sheed, Lucas, and Williams.
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  1. barnettfan
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    Posted 09/27/2010 12:51 PM

    Almost a 3 way tie here. We really had some Awesome PF's here in Portland. Sorry Buck and Sheed I went with Maurice.
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  1. barnettfan
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    Posted 09/27/2010 1:11 PM

    Posted By DHawes22 on 09/27/2010 12:51 PM
    Someone persuade me. Tell me why you picked the player you did, because I really am torn between Sheed, Lucas, and Williams.
    Maurice could carry the team all by himself in shooting or he could sit back and play defense only. One thing that Maurice would not do is let his temper get him in trouble. Which is the only reason why Sheed did not make the list even though that is what made Rasheed Rasheed. Buck what a player Monster defensive characteristics and probably the best on this list but he could not carry the team on any given night in shooting which is probably why I picked Maurice. All that being said anyone of these 3 could be put in and you would not go wrong.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 09/27/2010 1:49 PM

    Posted By barnettfan on 09/27/2010 1:11 PM
    Posted By DHawes22 on 09/27/2010 12:51 PM
    Someone persuade me. Tell me why you picked the player you did, because I really am torn between Sheed, Lucas, and Williams.
    Maurice could carry the team all by himself in shooting or he could sit back and play defense only. One thing that Maurice would not do is let his temper get him in trouble. Which is the only reason why Sheed did not make the list even though that is what made Rasheed Rasheed. Buck what a player Monster defensive characteristics and probably the best on this list but he could not carry the team on any given night in shooting which is probably why I picked Maurice. All that being said anyone of these 3 could be put in and you would not go wrong.

    Good points. As I've never seen Lucas play due to my age, was he more or less talented than Wallace? I know Sheed was a loose cannon, but I've felt like Clyde, Terry, Jerome and the others who will make this team could keep him in check. Do you think that would be plausible?
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 09/27/2010 2:16 PM

    Went with Rasheed for his size and athleticism. I think a veteran team could get the most out of him. His defense is really underrated and he can score at will on people in the low blocks. He was at his best when he felt like he didn't need to be the man, which he won't have to be here with Drexler and Porter in place and seemingly Walton as well.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 09/27/2010 3:05 PM

    Only one player hasn't received a vote..just as I expected, this is going to be the tightest vote of them all.
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 09/27/2010 5:17 PM

    I never really had the privelege of seeing "Luke" or Wicks play.  Zach is a one man stat sheet...but not a winner, and noone on this list is further from being a leader.  Sheed just doesn't meet my personal criteria for the position.  For me, I need to see leadership with regard to both mental and physical toughness, rebounding, and defense from this position.  Neither Buck nor Grant ever backed down from ANYONE, and both were fierce competitors. I went with Grant over Buck, and not without careful consideration.  Both of these two are in my top 5 of all time, so deciding between them was VERY difficult.  Brian Grant wore his emotions on his sleeve, an endearing quality truly rare among athletes today and indicative of one who CARES about his team and the outcome of every contest.  The ferocity and tenacity with which he played is lacking from this Trailblazer team today (IMO).  Relentless, always leaving everything he had on the floor, and a guy who made HIS HOUSE a place opponents didn't want to come and play.  Thanks B!  

    The only jersey I own is a Brian Grant practice jersey, which he ofcourse has signed...because, above all else, Grant is an incredible human being who never let the money or the attention bestowed upon him as a professional athlete corrupt who he was 
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  1. Kim~
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    Posted 09/27/2010 7:48 PM

    I had to go with Sheed, just because I <3 him.  To hard to choose between Sheed, Lucas and Williams.
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  1. Andre DeNegri
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    Posted 09/27/2010 8:50 PM

    It has to be sheed! he was the reason why we were still a great team in the early 000's
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  1. JFWard
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    Posted 09/27/2010 9:23 PM

    Very hard call between Buck and Lucas.  Both tough as nails, but Buck's gave that team exactly what they needed -- toughness and defense -- while chipping in double-digit scoring on a well-balanced, high-powered starting five.  Without Buck, the Blazers might not have consistently beaten the Stockton-Malone Jazz in the playoffs the way they did (although Porter gave Stockton as many fits as Williams gave Malone).  People forget what kind of player Buck was for the Nets before he came here, and he still had a few years' gas left in the tank.

    I can understand how hard it is to vote for players before your time.  Maybe if I knew Luke or Wicks by more than reputation, I'd take them over Buck.  I have seen the players who came after Buck (and there's some talent and -- in the case of Brian Grant -- heart, there), and I'm sorry: if you think they hold a candle to him, you just don't know what you're talking about.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 09/28/2010 2:58 PM

    I eventually went with Rasheed. I had it down to Lucas and Sheed, but went with our bad boy because of his size and length. Lucas seemed to be the better defender while Sheed had the upper hand with his versatility on offense, but you can't teach size. When Sheed was motivated, he was just as dominant as KG and Duncan. They key was keeping him motivated  and I think Clyde and co. would have kept him in check. With that said, I have no problem with Lucas winning this one. He was the true enforcer and would bring a ton of toughness to us down low.
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  1. CableHogue
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    Posted 09/28/2010 3:54 PM

    I have it:
    Lucas
    Sheed/Williams
    Aldrdige/Grant

    Sheed and Williams are equal in my opinion, because they were great at different aspects.
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 09/30/2010 10:14 AM

    With 51 votes in the bag, the winner by 2 votes is Maurice Lucas.
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 09/30/2010 3:40 PM

    i dont get why Aldridge gets to be in this, but none of the other ones had current players.
    screw brian grant, cant stand em
    Zack randolf and Rahseed

    Damn People leave portland and turn into like the biggest a holes in the league.
    yea thats a promising note.
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