What i mean is, Clyde Drexler still is and may always be my favorite blazer of all time but after what i have seen Roy do in his time in this league (including tonight's gem) he is officially 1a to Drexlers #1 status.
Tonight's Game was the best example of Roys greatness that could be provided.As Ben wrote He felt let down by last years effort and preparation and took this game personally. Can i just offer a suggestion: can someone, anyone make Roy mad and have him take every game personally. We would go 82-0. All kidding aside, this was a performance that few NBA players can put up. Every time Denver would make a run it almost seemed like Roy said "now your gonna wanna stop that or i am gonna get mad. trust me you dont want that." Denver never really quit, and in the 4th Roy pulled out a Popeye size can-of-whoop "butt." His performance was a thing of beauty, drives to the basket, impossible running floaters, mid range jumpers, clutch threes, it was only a superstar performance in a huge game, on a huge stage, HUGE. What i loved most though was his defense, he was matched up on Melo for a good portion of the game and played him as tough as i have ever seen anyone play Carmelo. The energy it takes to play lockdown style D and then put 41 on offense is also of superstar caliber.
Even if Tonights game had never been played Roy has still given us more moments at 1/3 or so through the 4th year of his career. My favorite being when he told Z-bo how much of a douche he was, to get dressed down by a rookie when your a 20-10 guy(and a total doucher) is awsome! The Phoenix 52, the tear drop at Houston, the Block on Carmelo at the end of a regular season game(last year i think) to seal the win all come to mind. WithClyde i have a ton more memories, from the time i choked trying to get his autograph when i was a kid to the Blazer runs of the '90s, to being glad to see him win a title finally in his home town and with one of his best friends on the team. I can remember so many awsome things when it comes tot hat guy.
The difference is obvious of course, Clyde having a long, hall of fame career and Roy being relatively new and no where near a hall of fame career. YET! Roy started his career much stronger than Clyde did and if we compare them 4 years into there careers we can see some glaring differences.
Clyde : 83-84, 7ppg, 17 mpg, 82GP 3GS/ 84-85, 17ppg, 31mpg, 82GP 42GS/ 85-86, 18ppg, 34mpg, 75GP 58GS It wasnt untill his 4th year that Clyde scored over 20ppg and started the whole year. I understand there where reasons for this, mostly that we have good players at his position allready.
Roy: 06-07, 16ppg, 35mpg, 57GP 55GS/ 07-08, 19ppg, 37mpg, 74GP 74GS/ 08-09, 22ppg, 37mpg, 78GP 78GS. Clearly illustrates that Roy has come out of the gates flying, his career is allready in its "prime." Clyde didnt reach his "prime" until year 4 or 5. (remember this when you get down about Oden, he is still VERY young)
They are very different players overall, Clyde was a pickpocket and as athletic as they come. He could jump out of the Gym and even block a shot fairly regularly(note the year he had 70blks in 76 games) and play very solid defense. He was a leader but in a much different way than Roy. Roy, as we all know is a very ceribral player, very under control, does almost everything at a very high level.....though he does steal the ball all that much and blocks very few shots. Roy is a ton better shooter than Clyde ever was, that poor broke jumper clyde had all them years:(
These things are all fairly obvious to a knowledgeable fan but i think they needed to be said outloud and we should all take notice of what we are seeing him do, not just this year(which is becoming amazing quickly) but over the course of his very young career. I can see Roy being my #1 fav and Clyde being #1a once all is said and done but right now Roy is not there. I will say that he is on track to take every Blazer record Clyde has(save for the steal record) and destroy it. Add in a couple titles and Roy will be HoF bound. My own personal Bromance continues with Roy, Phenomenal person, player and Franchise Corner stone. Last night's game was amazing, his career has been amazing, and he gave us all a christmas present. Thats alot of people he delivered that present to in a very short time, Santa is probably jealous.