The 2021 NBA All-Star Game is nearly upon us. To get in the right mindset, Blazer’s Edge contributors Adrian Bernecich and Steve Dewald scoured the list of all the Trail Blazers players that have earned All-Star nods. After establishing a draft order, the duo put together two five-man squads comprised of players that earned All-Star Game bids during their time in Portland.
Before we get to the two squads, here are the basics:
- Each five-man team included two backcourt players and three frontcourt players.
- The selection process followed a serpentine format. Adrian won the first pick and Steve was granted the next two selections, it then went back to Adrian for his next two picks (and continued in that pattern).
- Instead of picking individual years or including players that earned All-Star Game selections outside of their time with the Blazers, the duo stuck it a straightforward criteria.
With those ground rules in mind, here is a look at both squads.
Backcourt: Terry Porter
Backcourt: Clyde Drexler
Frontcourt: Cliff Robinson
Frontcourt: Rasheed Wallace
Frontcourt: LaMarcus Aldridge
You don’t need to go cross eyed in front of a Magic Eye 3D Illusions book to understand that this roster is a fever dream for a certain segment of the Blazers fanbase. Anchored by the Drexler-Porter duo, Adrian’s team is beautifully built for an All-Star Game showcase. In the frontcourt, Robinson and Wallace represent two versatile forwards that utilized modern skills decades before they became coveted attributes. Aldridge and his four consecutive All-Star Game appearances in red and black add a stellar finishing touch to Adrian’s roster.
Backcourt: Damian Lillard
Backcourt: Brandon Roy
Frontcourt: Sidney Wicks
Frontcourt: Maurice Lucas
Frontcourt: Bill Walton
Merging the old with the new, Steve’s roster is bolstered by a handful of highly decorated Blazers players. Walton, the only Blazers player to secure the NBA’s MVP award, anchors the frontcourt. In the backcourt, Lillard and Roy provide a scoring punch capable of tying the best defenders in knots.
With Robinson off the board late in the draft and Walton already anchoring the frontcourt, Steve had to make the call between Kevin Duckworth and Wicks for his final pick.
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