All Time Blazers Team…Part 1: Small Forward
Over the next 7 weeks we here at Blazersog are going to assemble the “All Time Blazers Team.” This team will consist of the “best” player at each position, one coach, and one 6th man.
This topic can be taken in a variety of ways, so here is the manner in which we will be discussing this topic: We are going to assemble, to the best of our ability, the best Blazer as a Blazer for each position. That means Scottie Pippen would not qualify for the SF position because his years in Portland do not rival those of longer standing Blazers.
We also are not taking into account team chemistry. We are not attempting to assemble a team to play, but assembling a team that has a great body of Blazer stats and on court contributions. Thus, Zach and Sheed are in the running for PF even though they were not the best community or locker room guys.
Also, the 6th man will be based off the principle of “best of the rest” NOT the best 6th man the Blazers ever had (Cliff Robinson). This gives very good players like Mychal Thompson, Zach, Sheed, LaMarcus a chance even though their position is stacked.
The first position revealed is Small Forward.
We wont lie, along with the PF position, SF is the hardest. When looking at this position four names came to the top immediately (in no specific order):
Of this list, the two finalists are Kersey and Petrie. Now, Petrie played both the off guard and small forward position. However, most of his minutes came at the SF position, thus is eligible for this debate and not at shooting guard.
Lets compare the stats as a Blazer:
PPG: 12.1 21.8
RPG: 6.1 2.8
AST: 2.1 4.6
All Time Blazer Stats comparrison:
Games Played: Kersey ranks 2nd (831), Petrie is not in the top 10.
Minutes Played: Kersey 3rd (21,400), Petrie 10th (16,787).
Points: Kersey 4th (10,067), Petrie 6th (9,732).
Assists: Kersey 8th (1,762), Petrie 5th (2,057).
FGs Made: Kersey 4th (3,981), Petrie 5th (3,970).
Total Rebounds: Kersey 2nd (5,078),Petrie not in top 10.
Blocked Shots: Kersey 4th (621),Petrie not in top 10.
Steals: Kersey 3rd (1,059),Petrie not in top 10.
Petrie was knows as a sharp shooter, and played at a time when the 3 point line was not part of the NBA game yet. Kersey has a much lower PPG average, but Kersey also played with a stacked early ’90s squad that will dot this all time list. However, when it comes down to it looking at all time Blazer stats it is clear the Jerome Kersey is fitting to be named to the All Time Blazers Team. Petrie only has a better all time record in one area (assists) and 4 times Kersey is in the top 4 of all time stats when Petrie does not even appear in the top 10.
Couple in Kersey’s roles with the Blazers in recent time we can see that Jerome is a true Blazer even after retirement. Adding to Kersey’s impressive stats as a Blazer are his records that stand 2nd all time for fouls (2,638) and disqualifications (38). Those records will put a smile to the face of Bill Schonley who coined the famous phrase, “Mercy, Mercy, Jerome Kersey!”
Congrats Jerome, the All Time Blazers Small Forward!
What do you think? Did we give the edge to Kersey simply because he played longer? Did we forget someone who you think is better suited for this position? We look forward to your comments.