Not many Blazer fans remember the 1970-1975 years. The team wasn't very good but they had a young star who won the (co-)rookie of the year award, and the NBA's inaugural one-on-one contest. If there had been a 3 point line back in the day, #45 would have scored even more, because many of his 2 point shots were made from the current 3-point distance
As I've considered the sudden erosion of Roy's health and star career in the last 12 months, I've mentioned Geoff Petrie's name a few times, but tonight was the first time that I've looked at their stats side by side. The similarities are stunning.
Both came into the league as rookies at age 22
Petrie played 6 years in Portland before retiring after multiple knee surgeries. Brandon has played 5 years, so far
Geoff averaged 21.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 4.6 apg
Roy's averages are 19.0, 4.3, 4.7 (he was averaging well over 20 ppg until this season, of course)
Petrie played in 2 all-star games (which weren't such a big deal, back then.) Brandon has appeared in 3
Geoff was all-NBA top 10 in categories like FGA, FGM, FTM, PPG for several seasons. Roy was top 10 in most of those categories, in 2008-2009.
Sure, it was 2 different eras and the two men scored their points in slightly different ways, but the ultimate irony is that by the time they reached 26-27 years old, their knees would not allow them to continue their previous high level of production.
By the time Blazer fans celebrated the championship in 1977, Petrie was an afterthought. But during those early struggling years, he was the franchise's first star. Geoff won many games for Portland on last-second shots, back before there were nightly ESPN highlights or even video from TV telecasts to preserve those memorable moments on youtube.