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The Best Trail Blazers Who Never Made the All-Star Game

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Which Portland players never got the ultimate individual honor?

Arvydas Sabonis removes his mouth guard

According to Basketball Reference, 16 different Trail Blazers have played in an All-Star Game since the team entered the league in 1970-71 including Geoff Petrie in the team’s inaugural season.

  • Bill Walton
  • Brandon Roy
  • Clifford Robinson
  • Clyde Drexler
  • Damian Lillard
  • Geoff Petrie
  • Jim Paxson
  • Kermit Washington
  • Kevin Duckworth
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Lionel Hollins
  • Maurice Lucas
  • Rasheed Wallace
  • Sidney Wicks
  • Steve Johnson
  • Terry Porter

The list doesn’t include guys like Scottie Pippen and the great Chris Kaman who were All-Stars, but not while they were in Portland.

Now that we’ve spelled out the most-honored Blazers in history, who is the best Trail Blazer who HASN’T been an All-Star?

I have a hard time choosing, but if pressed I’ll pick Arvydas Sabonis. Even though the Hall-of-Famer was past his prime when he joined the Blazers, he still had an impact whenever he stepped on the court. He did get selected to play in the Rookie All-Star game but I would have loved to have seen him selected as a true All-Star.

Simply standing near the basket, he changed the shape of a defense, and with the ball in his hand he became a lumbering-yet-deadly offensive threat. Career averages of 12 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists don’t scream All-Star, but his impact on the game and his effect on the team were significant enough that he would have gotten my vote.

Plenty of other Blazers never got the nod and here’s our chance to give them some love. Current or former players, based on personal favoritism or talent assessment, it’s all good. Shout out your best non-All-Star Blazers in the comments!