All Time Trail Blazers Team Part 5: Center
The Blazer faithful have been lucky enough to have some stunning centers throughout our history. The dominant likes of: Joe Klein, Will Perdue, Joe Wolf, and Chris Dudley have kept Portland known as a city with a special place in its heart for large, agile, and just plain hard hitting centers….OK lets be serious, Portland has had a bad luck run of centers for our entire history. Even three of our before-mentioned centers make a dubious list. Starting out with Bill Walton who only averaged 52 games a season, to drafting Arvydas Sabonis is ’86 but not getting him until ’95, to the Sam Bowie debacle, and Greg Oden taking a year off with surgery, we have not been blessed with big men who play full, productive seasons.
That does not mean we have not had some great players, albeit for only a short amount of time. While we are HUGE Sabonis fans, no other center in franchise history was a dominant while he played as Bill Walton.
His Portland season averages are as follows: 51% FG, 16.6 PPG, 2.5 BLK, 13.4 REB, 4.5 AST. His MVP year of ’78 looked like this: 18.9 PPG, 2.5 BLK, 5.0 AST, 13.2 REB .522 FG%
Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1993); NBA champion (1977, ’86); NBA Finals MVP (1977); NBA MVP (1978); All-NBA First Team (1978); All-NBA Second Team (1977); NBA All-Defensive Team (1977, ’78); NBA All-Star (1977, ’78); One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).
Bill Walton passed like a point guard and defended the paint like a man possessed. Big Red is the single most dominant center the Rose City has ever seen. His all around game propelled the Blazers the our first and only championship. It is clear the Bill Walton, even with his astounshing quotes is the clear All Time Blazer.
Congrats Bill Walton All Time Blazer Center!
So who do you feel belongs as the All Time Center?
As the team stands now:
SF: Jerome Kersey
PF: Maurice Lucas
C: Bill Walton
SG: Clyde Drexler
Coach: Dr. Jack Ramsay