Welcome to Day Three of the Blazer’s Edge tournament to determine the best trio of teammates in Portland Trail Blazers history. So far, we’ve watched Bill Walton, Maurice Lucas, and Lionel Hollins dominate Sidney Wicks, Geoff Petrie and John Johnson. Then Rasheed Wallace, Arvydas Sabonis, and Steve Smith narrowly prevailed over Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum. Today we ask you to choose between two All-Time lineups: Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, and Jerome Kersey versus Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Greg Oden.
Here’s the bracket as it stands. Read about the matchup and vote below.
Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Jerome Kersey. 9 1⁄2 seasons together (1985-1995)
Notables: Buck Williams, Kevin Duckworth
Their case: Drexler, Porter, and Kersey were all key to the storied lineup that made it to the NBA finals in 1990 and 1992. Eight All-Star and five All-League selections for Drexler make him the most decorated Blazer of all time, but Porter also had two All-Star nods of his own. Kersey was more than just a role player, averaging north of 19 points 8 rebounds and 3 assists per game in the 1987-88 season. In 1990, all 3 players averaged over 20 points per game during a 21 game playoff run. The trios’ best performances came in an unforgettable era in Blazer history. They made the playoffs every single year. In 1990-91 they set the franchise record with 63 wins.
Brandon Roy, Greg Oden, LaMarcus Aldridge 2 Seasons together (2008- 2010)
Notables: Marcus Camby, Steve Blake, Andre Miller
Their Case: Brandon Roy posted a career year in 2008 averaging 22.5ppg, 4.7rpg, and 5.1apg with a supporting shooting line of 48%/38%/82%. He accomplished this while defending at an elite level . Aldridge had not yet peaked during this time period, but he still produced 17 and 7 every night. Finding a third for their trio was harder. Each of the mentioned “notables” could have fit, but Oden was the overall best player of the group. In his sophomore year—limited to 21 games due to injury—the former first-overall pick averaged 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 23.9 minutes per game while shooting 60% from the field. Extended to starter’s minutes, his production would have been formidable. The Roy-Oden-Aldridge trio usually won when all three were healthy. In the 2008 the Blazers returned to the playoffs after a five year drought. That year and the one following they posted back-to-back, 50-win seasons, one of only five such occurrences in Blazers history.
Round 1 Matchup #3
This poll is closed
Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Jerome Kersey
Brandon Roy, Greg Oden, LaMarcus Aldridge
The polls will close at 10pm PST every evening and the winner will advance.
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