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

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7 Responses to “All Time Blazers Team Part 2: Shooting Guard”

  1. I was shooting the rocky mountain review in salt lake, strangely enough not as a job but as a “fan”.. Camera in tow I bs my way into a press pass and set up shop underneath the basket shooting the likes of Zach Randolph, Quyntel Woods, Eric Barkley.. I wander over to the bleachers to look through my images when I feel someone looking over my shoulder, Maurice Cheeks and his son admiring some of my images.. Trader Bob sits next to them and Lo, my 2 guard idol, my kangaroo wearing, high flying, gentleman competitor sits with them… Clyde Drexler, I make eye contact with Clyde and muster enough to say “Clyde, thank you man…”. Im sure he had no idea what I was thanking him for, but for me it was a culmination of youth, admiration, expectations and even a championship that forced me to be a Houston fan.. Thank You Clyde for every pass, steal, assist and dunk. Thank you for proving to portland that we are a basketball city and for embracing portland as a home away from texas. That year you bested the Magic with Hakeem… I had a grin from ear to ear.. Thank you again Glyde.. I can still see that Head Down drive to the hoop, knowing that the only thing you were thinking was.. “Im gonna dunk it…”

    Vive Le Glyde.

  2. Boom Dizzle Says:

    When I was 10, I bought some Avia shoes and was entered into a drawing to have lunch with Clyde out at the Avia HQ. I ended up being one of 15 or so kids who won and got to hang with Clyde for the day. When he came in, he just seemed to immediately make everyone forget that he was a famous athlete and that he was just a Blazers fan, like all of us. He kept asking us kids if we wanted cokes or anything and then he’d go get them (two notes – Clyde can carry about 15 cokes at a time in those big ol’ hands and I did drink mine, even though I really wanted to save it forever). He autographed stuff for HOURS. He signed anything and everything and was chatting with the parents and kids while he did it. I’ve never seen character and respect like that from another NBA player. He was kind, genuine and really seemed honored by the fact that we all loved him the way we did (and still do).

  3. Phi Slamma Jamma Says:

    Clyde has always been one of the classiest athletes in town. I heard a great quote from Steve “Snapper” Jones during the last Blazers game (when a Sonic player sort of acted more hurt than he was) that I thought was extremely cool and appropriate. Snapper said that one special thing about Clyde was that no matter how hard Clyde got fouled, no matter how hard he hit the ground, or was hurt, he always, ALWAYS, bounced back up, as quickly as he could, no matter how much pain he was in, because he wouldn’t ever let another team or player think they’d gotten the best of him, he wouldn’t allow them to think they could hurt him.

    That’s the kind of character that the NBA needs more of: it’s not just about competition, it’s about honor and respect, both for yourself and your organization and city. That’s why Clyde is always going to be so popular in Portland.

  4. Phi Slamma Jamma Says:

    Clyde has always been one of the classiest athletes in town. I heard a great quote from Steve “Snapper” Jones during the last Blazers game (when a Sonic player sort of acted more hurt than he was) that I thought was extremely cool and appropriate. Snapper said that one special thing about Clyde was that no matter how hard Clyde got fouled, no matter how hard he hit the ground, or was hurt, he always, ALWAYS, bounced back up, as quickly as he could, no matter how much pain he was in, because he wouldn’t ever let another team or player think they’d gotten the best of him, he wouldn’t allow them to think they could hurt him.

    That’s the kind of character that the NBA needs more of: it’s not just about competition, it’s about honor and respect, both for yourself and your organization and city. That’s why Clyde is always going to be so popular in Portland.

  5. I would put Clyde at # 2 or 3 SG of all time, so ya, having him on a Blazers all time list is a no brainer. I think you were saving this one so you could take a day off. Looking forward to your next one.

  6. Brett Denman Says:

    Thanks for the link to the Drexler dunks. Too bad his name wasn’t Clyde or I’d name my kid after him. Those flushes are sweet!

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