Greatest Trail Blazers Team: Center
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  1. DHawes22
    DHawes22
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    Posted 09/30/2010 3:39 PM

    Who is the Greatest Center in Trail Blazers History?
    Kevin Duckworth (0)
     0%
    Cliff Robinson (1)
     3%
    Arvydas Sabonis (8)
     21%
    Mychal Thompson (0)
     0%
    Bill Walton (29)
     76%
    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


    Center

    Kevin Duckworth
    : 7'0", 275 lbs, Eastern Illinois University

    Seasons in Portland: 7 (1986-1993)

    Stats: 527 games, 13.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.9 apg

    Notable: Two time NBA All-Star (89,91). Recipient of NBA's Most Improved Player Award (88). Ranks 5th all-time in offensive rebounds (1,163), 9th all-time in defensive rebounds (2,164),10th all-time in points (7,188), 10th all-time in field goals made (2,848), 10th all-time in free throws made (1,492), 10th all-time in total rebounds (3,327),










    Cliff Robinson:
    6'10", 225 lbs, University of Connecticut

    Seasons in Portland: 7 (1989-97)

    Stats: 644 games, 16.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.1 apg

    Notable: Recipient of the NBA's 6th Man Award (93). One time NBA All-Star (94). Ranks 1st all-time in consecutive games played (461), 2nd all-time in blocked shots (726), 3rd all-time in points (10,405), 3rd all-time in 3 point field goals (492), 4th all-time in free throws made (2,041)4th all-time in games played (644), 4th all-time in minutes played (19,839), 6th all-time in field goals made (3,936), 6th all-time in steals (696), 6th all-time in offensive rebounds (1,067), 7th all-time in defensive rebounds (2,285), 9th all-time in total rebounds (3,352)









    Arvydas Sabonis: 7'3", 279 lbs, Lithuania

    Seasons in Portland: 7 (1995-2001, 2002-2003)

    Stats: 470 games, 12.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.1 apg

    Notable: Drafted 24th overall by the Trail Blazers in 1986. Unable to come over until the 1996 season. Ranks 6th all-time in defensive rebounds (2,702), 7th all-time in total rebounds (3,436), 9th all-time in blocked shots (422). Had 4th highest postseason average in blocks (2.33) in the 2001 playoffs. Named to the 1st team NBA All-Rookie (96)









    Mychal Thompson: 6'10", 226 lbs, University of Minnesota

    Seasons in Portland: 8 (1978-1986)

    Stats: 551 games, 16.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.6 apg

    Notable: Franchise leader in blocks (768) and defensive rebounds (3,389) and third all-time in total rebounds (1,489). ... Ranks seventh in scoring (9,215) and assists (1,848) and shot .505 over his career, ninth best in team history. ... One of four Blazers selected with the No. 1 overall pick (LaRue Martin, Bill Walton, Greg Oden).










    Bill Walton:
    6'11", 225 lbs, University of California, Los Angeles

    Seasons in Portland: 5 (1974-79)

    Stats: 209 games, 17.1 ppg, 13.5 rpg, 4.4 apg

    Notable: 1977 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player .¤.¤. Only Blazers player to be named NBA Most Valuable Player (1977-1978) ... Named All-NBA first team (1977-1978) one of two Blazers to earn the honor (Clyde Drexler) ... Two-time All-NBA Defensive team first team (1976-1977, 1977-1978) ... Two-time NBA All-Star (1977, 1978) ... Led NBA in rebounding and blocks in 1976-1977 ... Recorded five triple-doubles ... Shares franchise records for blocks in a game (9) and rebounds in a regulation game (26) ...  Named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993. ... His No. 32 is retired.







    Roster-
    Point Guard: Terry Porter
    Shooting Guard: Clyde Drexler
    Small Forward: Jerome Kersey
    Power Forward: Maurice Lucas



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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 09/30/2010 3:50 PM

    Had to go with Big Red here. He was the main reason Portland has their one and only NBA title, a Hall of Famer, and a member of the 50 greatest NBA players of all-time. Just think of how good he would have been had he been able to stay healthy. The 78 team seemed primed for another trophy...
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 09/30/2010 4:47 PM

    Went with Walton as well.  Not my fav by any means, and never really had a chance to see him play...however, there is no denying the fact that he led his Blazer team to a championship- the ONLY championship in franchize history (to date :) )  Further, he even earned MVP in that '77 finals series.  Just can't vote against that.

    Hawes, you posed the question of "how good he would have been had he been able to stay healthy."  I would ask the same of another center on this list, and what THAT would have meant to THAT Blazer team.  Can't even imagine.  "He's not YOUR Vydas.  He's not MY Vydas.  He's OUR-Vydas!" :)
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  1. I''m OUT!
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    Posted 09/30/2010 9:27 PM

    Walton because of the championship, though I never saw him play. But the Duck was my fav. I just think he could have done even better had he been able to handle the cruelty of the media and the negative fans better, but that just wasn't him. I do remember always glad when Duck was going to the line in the 4th because he would always be automatic 2 points then.
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  1. McLegend
    McLegend
    Posts: 89

    Posted 10/01/2010 2:37 PM

    I chose Big Billy as well and I feel I don't need to to explain why. Although Sabonis is my favorite blazer of all time I couldn't choose likeness over awesomeness. 
    I am a fan of making Kobe cry in the Western Conference Finals.
  1. barnettfan
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    Posted 10/01/2010 3:28 PM

    One thing I really liked about Walton is he treated every game like it was a school yard pick up game. He went out there and had fun, about 90% of all athletes forget that when they go pro. Had he stayed healthy we would have had  at least 2 championships. The only other center of his caliber here is Sabonis unfortunately he came to Portland at the end of his career. I believe Mychal Thompson went to the Lakers and got a ring there but it was from the bench. Cliff reminds me alot of L.A. but I think L.A. is better than Cliff ...which is a good thing.
    Than there is Duck. Duck was Duck a decent Center and a hellavu person but not a starter for this A team. I picked Walton for this set
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 10/01/2010 6:00 PM

    Dude Walton for sure. That series was so dope.
    "i started out on my bike today, and some guy took it, i just want to make sure i get it back, its like my only bike man."
    haha, he just won and he's trippin over a bike.
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  1. FamousRoy
    FamousRoy
    Posts: 144

    Posted 10/02/2010 7:16 PM

    Had to go with Walton because of the championship, but the only one I remember watching is Sabonis.  I sure loved the guy.  One of the few lights during the Jail Blazer era.  Really wish Sheed hadn't thrown a towel in his face.
    I am a fan of Defending the Rose Garden against the Lakers!
  1. ***Jason***
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    Posted 10/03/2010 7:54 PM

    I went with Sabonis. I remember Cliff and Duck. I don't remember Walton, and if I did I may feel different. Can't really argue with the ring. Just based off what I've seen myself though, I think Sabonis had way more impact at the 5 than either Cliff or Duck. Even though his shoe contract was with Portland Cement, Sabonis gave Shaq more trouble in his prime than any other center in the league. One of, if not THE best passing centers of all time, and he could hit the long ball pretty well too. He's my second or third favorite Blazer all time.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 10/04/2010 10:07 AM

    We didn't quite reach 50 votes on this one (I'm assuming because everyone knew who would win), so I'm declaring Bill Walton the winner.
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