All Time Blazers Team Part 2: Shooting Guard
This week we look at the position of SG for the All Time Blazers Team. We here in Rip City were blessed in 1983 when Portland drafted the Glyde out of Houston with the 14th pick. This decision is the easiest of all when looking at the All Time Blazers Team. Clyde holds team records for: Games Played, Minutes Played, Points, Assists, Field Goals Made, Field Goals Attempted, Free Throws Made, Free Throws Attempted, Total Rebounds, Offensive Rebounds, Steals, and Personal Fouls.
Clyde is known as one of the all time great guards in NBA history. Drexler has earned many honors throughout his career include being named to the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players.
He earned his nickname “The Glyde” because of his near effortless, high-flying, and soaring swoops to the basket.
Not only does Clyde hold the most team records of any Blazer, have his number 22 retired by the team but he also has NBA and International competition achievements that are near unmatched for shooting guards not named Michael. His other achievements include:
Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2004); NBA champion (1995); All-NBA First Team (1992); All-NBA Second Team (1988, ’91); All-NBA Third Team (1990, ’95); NBA All-Star (1986, ’88, ’89, 90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’96, ’97); Olympic gold medalist (1992).
If one name is synonymous with Rip City it is Clyde. He made the city proud by not only playing the game the way it should be played, but being the leader of a great team off the court. If you lived around Portland during the late 80s early 90s I am sure you have a Clyde story you love to share. Whether it was that Avia Shoes poster shot at Benson High, or the trip down to UNLV in the playoffs Clyde is and always will be Mr. Portland. When Clyde won a championship with the Rockets in 1995 it was a bitter sweet time for Portlanders. One of our own won a championship, but not with us. It was a true Blazer fan who once said “it was the hardest thing, and the sweetest thing to see Clyde win one. All of us in Portland knew it was right for him to get it, even if it was not with us we were proud of our Clyde.”
A little viewing enjoyment of Clyde’s 10 best dunks. And if you ever questioned why he is the Glyde just check out the #1 dunk:
We are lucky to have another Guard now in Brandon Roy who continues to mold himself in the legacy of Drexler. We only hope that Brandon can bring back what Clyde once provided. Congrats Clyde All Time Blazer Shooting Guard!
What are your favorite Clyde stores? Have you ever ran into Clyde during his time here in Portland? Share with us what you know and love about the Glyde.
The All Time Blazers Team currently looks like this:
SF: Jerome Kersey
SG: Clyde Drexler