I was curious as to how many points the Blazers have drafted in the lottery. I couldn't think of any other than Sebastian Telfair, so I did some lazy research. The article has some holes, especially in the 70's and 80's. Please feel free to fill in any blank draft years. Here's what I came up with so far:
1980 Ronnie Lester(#10)
1982 Fat Lever (#11)
1995 Shawn Respert (#8) - Traded to Milwaukie for Gary Trent
2004 Sebastian Telfair (#13) - Traded in 2006
As you can see, the list is short, and two of those most recent points were shipped off on draft day. Bassy was dealt a couple years after being selected. For a team with a supposed history of drafting point guards, the Blazers have hardly racked up what I would consider a note worthy amount of selections in the lottery. Of course, the Blazers have traditionally made the playoffs quite a bit and had less high picks than some. They've had the #1 four times, and we all know how those all panned out (all centers, one of whom helped bring Portland its only title).
As the game changes, I predict the Blazers will finally start spending more than late 1st rounders and bought 2nd rounders on point guard projects. Who knows, this might even be the year the Blazers select and keep a lottery point guard since, well, since the 80's, it appears. If not, there's always next year...