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Yesterday's retrospective on the 1990-91 Portland Trail Blazers brought up an interesting debate. In the piece I advanced them as the greatest Blazer squad of all time. Others argued that said honor actually belongs to the 1977-78 Blazers. So let's have it out today.

Here are the lineups and records of the two squads side-by-side plus links to more information:

1977-78

1990-91

C

Bill Walton

Kevin Duckworth

PF

Maurice Lucas

Buck Williams

SF

Bob Gross

Jerome Kersey

SG

Lionel Hollins

Clyde Drexler

PG

Dave Twardzik

Terry Porter

R

Johnny Davis

Cliff Robinson

R

Tom Owens

Danny Ainge

R

Lloyd Neal

Mark Bryant

R

Larry Steele

Danny Young

Coach

Jack Ramsay

Rick Adelman

Rec

58-24

63-19

Pts

107.7

114.7

PtsAgst

101.5

106.0

Basketball Reference for 1977-78

Basketball Reference for 1990-91

You may use any criteria you wish to compare the two: stats, how they'd fare against each other, how they did against their era's competition, or anything else that crosses your mind. Both of these teams were populated by great players at the heights of their careers. Which one is truly worthy of the designation Best Blazers Team of All Time?

Weigh in below and explain!

--Dave (blazersub@yahoo.com)