Who is the best trio of teammates ever to suit up for the Portland Trail Blazers? Today we continue to find out, using your votes as the metric. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the trio of Bill Walton, Maurice Lucas, and Lionel Hollins beat out a threesome led by Geoff Petrie yesterday. Here are the results:
Round 2 starts today. Read about the matchup and vote below!
Team 4: Rasheed Wallace, Arvydas Sabonis, Steve Smith 2 Seasons (1999-2001)
Other Notables: Scottie Pippen, Damon Stoudamire
Their case: Choosing a top 3 in the Rasheed Wallace era was not easy. Steve Smith spent only two years in Portland, but during that span he was the best Blazers offensive player Sheed played with. The team was also the most successful during his tenure. Pippen had better overall stats than Sabonis, but Sabonis was superior on a per-minute basis. Since Sabonis was the bigger part of the team overall, he got the nod...barely. Rasheed was the only one of the group to make an All-star team as a Blazer. He was a natural fit. But this group’s claim to fame comes not in individual talent, but victories. After winning one Portland’s five division championships in 1999, this group posted the second-most regular season wins in Blazers history (59) in 2000 and was a fourth quarter collapse away from the NBA Finals (and most likely a championship).
Team 5: Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge. 3 seasons (2012-15)
Other Notables: Wes Mathews
Their Case: The Lillard-Aldridge-Batum trio won a division title and playoff series for Portland, the first time that had happened in over a decade. Aldridge made the All-Star game in three straight seasons and earned two All-NBA team honors. Lillard picked up a Rookie of the Year award in 2012, a 3rd team All-NBA appointment in 2014, and made All-Star in 2014 and 2015. Batum was the perfect piece to fit alongside the two stars, contributing from every angle of the floor. In 2014, Batum finished the season averaging 13 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, a steal, and a block per game. He wasn’t a star, but he rounded out the triad nicely.
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Round 1, Matchup #2
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Rasheed Wallace/ Arvydas Sabonis/ Steve Smith
Damian Lillard/ Nic Batum/ LaMarcus Aldridge
Round 1 Matchup #2 - Tuesday Aug 29
Round 1 Matchup #3 - Wednesday Aug 30
Round 1 Matchup #4 - Thursday Aug 31
Round 2 Matchup #5 - Friday Sept 1
Round 2 Matchup #6 - Saturday Sept 2
Round 3 Finals - Sunday Sept 3