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The Portland Trail Blazers is an NBA basketball team that is based in Portland, Oregon. The team was founded in the 1970-71 season and currently plays in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association in the Northwest Division. Currently, they play their home games at the Moda Center, which is in the Rose Garden district of Portland. Previously, the arena was known as the Rose Garden Arena.

The Portland Trail Blazers have won the NBA title just one time. That was back in 1977, when they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 4-2. Bill Walton was on the team for Portland that season, a legendary figure in North American basketball. He was the finals MVP and the league MVP the following season. He remains an all-time great with the franchise.

Portland made the NBA Finals two more times after 1977. However, on each occasion they lost. In 1990, the Detroit Pistons defeated the Trail Blazers as part of their back-to-back titles. In 1992, the Chicago Bulls defeated Portland as part of the Bulls' dynasty in the 1990s. Clyde Drexler and Clifford Robinson were important players for Portland during this era.

Since the 1992 NBA Finals, the Portland Trail Blazers have done little in terms of earning banners. Significant playoff success has eluded the franchise for ages but they did rival with the LA Lakers at around the turn of the century. Portland has three regular-season division titles since 1992, giving them a total of six in franchise history.

Interesting Fact

High draft picks often turn a struggling franchise around. The Portland Trail Blazers had the top pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. They selected Greg Oden, which NBA enthusiasts will be quick to recognize as the player that's considered the biggest draft bust of all time. Oden, in an injury-filled tenure, only appeared in 105 NBA games, 82 of which were for the Blazers. It's fair to say that he didn't really turn the franchise around as they continued to struggle until Damian Lillard emerged as significant force.

The Blazers were also a formidable opponent for the Chicago Bulls back in the 1990s, when Chicago was starting its Jordan-era dynasty. The Trail Blazers lost to the Bulls in the 1992 NBA Finals. The series spawned a popular video game with the Nintendo video-game franchise called "Bulls versus Blazers and the NBA Playoffs." The game was played on the the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

Portland Trail Blazers: Management and Coaching

Owner: Paul G. Allen Trust

President: Dewayne Hankins

General Manager: Joe Cronin

Head Coach: Chauncey Billups

The Portland Trail Blazers and the 2023 NBA Draft

The Portland Trail Blazers did not have a successful season in 2022/23. Accordingly, they were one of the franchises in the NBA that had a high pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. With the third pick overall, Portland selected Scoot Henderson, a player that was in the NBA G League. Portland also selected Kris Murray out of Iowa with the 23rd pick overall. Lastly, Portland had a second-round pick and with the 43rd pick overall, they took Rayan Rupert, a player that was with the New Zealand Breakers.

Portland Trail Blazers Season Preview for 2023/24

Whenever a team has a high draft there is always a question as to whether that pick will be a force during his rookie season, whether he will be a player that needs time to develop, or whether he will be a so-called "draft bust." If Scoot Henderson is NBA ready, then Portland will have an effective back-up point guard behind Damian Lillard. This actually calls into question the direction that the franchise will go and their future with Lillard. He's way too good to be a back-up himself: will Portland elect to give Henderson minutes over Lillard in the name of development? Or is Henderson only a bench player at this early stage of his career.

That the Trail Blazers have an asset that would fetch a high price in trading Lillard cannot be ignored heading into the 2023/24 season. Lillard has been in trade rumors ever since the June 22nd, 2023 NBA Draft. Fair conjecture on Portland is that will likely enter another rebuild. With Lillard's best basketball likely behind him, don't be surprised if the Trail Blazers are one of the worst teams in the NBA in the 2023/24 season.

Current Portland Trail Blazers Player Under Contract

  • Damian Lillard
  • Anfernee Simons
  • Jusuf Nurkic
  • Nasir Little
  • Shaedon Sharpe
  • Keon Johnson
  • Kevin Knox
  • Trendon Watford
  • Jabari Walker
  • Jeenathan Williams
  • Justin Minaya
  • Sklar Mays
  • Chance Comanche

Key Current Portland Trail Blazers Free Agents

Jerami Grant is the most significant free agent with Portland toward the end of June 2023. This is a player that's almost 30 years old and he had a good season in 2022/23. Whether he is signed or not may help indicate the direction that Portland is heading.

Previous Portland Trail Blazers Draft Selections Since 2000

Year Round Pick Player Pos Age Pre-Draft Team

2023 1 3 Scoot Henderson PG NBA G League Ignite

2022 1 7 Shaedon Sharpe SG 19 Kentucky

2021 NO PICKS

2020 1 16 Isaiah Stewart II C 19 Washington

2020 2 46 C.J. Elleby SF 20 Washington State

2019 1 25 Nassir Little SF 19 North Carolina

2018 1 24 Anfernee Simons SG 19 Edgewater High School (Fl)

2017 1 15 Justin Jackson F 22 North Carolina

2017 1 20 Harry Giles PF 19 Duke

2017 1 26 Caleb Swanigan C 20 Purdue

2015 1 23 Hollis-Jefferson SF 20 Arizona

2013 1 10 C.J. McCollum G 21 Lehigh

2013 2 39 Jeff Withey C 23 Kansas

2013 2 40 Grant Jerrett PF 19 Arizona

2013 2 45 Marko Todorovic C 21 FC Barcelona II (Sp)

2012 1 6 Damian Lillard G 21 Weber State

2012 1 11 Meyers Leonard C 20 Illinois

2012 2 40 Will Barton GF 21 Memphis

2012 2 41 Tyshawn Taylor G 22 Kansas

2011 1 21 Nolan Smith G 22 Duke

2011 2 51 Jon Diebler SF 23 Ohio State

2010 1 22 Elliot Williams G 21 Memphis

2010 2 34 Armon Johnson G 21 Nevada

2009 1 22 Victor Claver SF 20 Valencia Basket (Sp)

2009 2 33 Dante Cunningham F 22 Villanova

2009 2 38 Jon Brockman PF 22 Washington

2009 2 55 Patty Mills G 20 Saint Mary's

2008 1 13 Brandon Rush SG 22 Kansas

2008 2 33 Joey Dorsey FC 24 Memphis

2008 2 36 Omer Asik C 21 Fenerbahce Ulker (Turkey)

2008 2 55 Mike Taylor PG 22 Idaho Stampede

2007 1 1 Greg Oden C 19 Ohio State

2007 2 37 Josh McRoberts PF 20 Duke

2007 2 42 Derrick Byars SF 23 Vanderbilt

2007 2 52 Taurean Green PG 20 Florida

2007 2 53 Demetris Nichols SF 22 Syracuse

2006 1 4 Tyrus Thomas F 19 LSU

2006 1 30 Joel Freeland PF 19 Gran Canaria (Spain)

2006 2 31 James White SF 23 Cincinnati

2005 1 6 Martell Webster SF 18 Seattle Preparatory School

2005 1 27 Linas Kleiza F 20 Missouri

2005 2 35 Ricky Sanchez F 17 IMG Academy (Florida)

2004 1 13 Sebastian Telfair PG 19 Abraham Lincoln High School

2004 1 23 Sergei Monia PF 21 Dynamo Saint Petersburg

2004 2 46 Ha Seung-Jin C 18 Yonsei University (S. Korea)

2003 1 23 Travis Outlaw F 18 Starkville High School

2003 2 54 Nedzad Sinanovic C 20 HKK Brotnjo

2002 1 21 Qyntel Woods F 21 Northeast Mississippi

2002 2 42 Jason Jennings C 23 Arkansas State

2002 2 50 F. Kammerichs FC 22 CB Ourense (Spain)

2001 1 19 Zach Randolph PF 19 Michigan State

2001 2 49 Ruben Boumtje C 23 Georgetown

2000 1 28 Erick Barkley PG 22 St John's

Portland Trail Blazers FAQs

Did the Blazers have a draft pick in 2021?

According to sources, The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired the 43rd pick in the 2021 NBA Draft from the New Orleans Hornets. The name in question is Greg Brown, a 6’8 combo forward originally from the University of Texas.

Who did Portland Trail Blazers Draft 2020?

Portland Trail Blazers selected CJ Elleby of Washington State with 46th pick in NBA draft in 2020.

Who Did Greg Brown Play For?

Greg Brown is an NBA player born in 2001 that now has signed for the Portland Trail Blazers that came originally from the University of Texas. They acquired Greg Brown III from NOP in return for a future second round pick and cash considerations.

Has Portland Trail Blazers Resigned a Free Agent?

Yes, in 2021, The Portland Trail Blazers resigned Free Agent Norman Powell, which was a popular move with the Blazers fans.

Who is the Best Rebounder in Portland Trail Blazers' History?

Ernes Kanter is a great rebounder, considered by many in the sport to be one of the best rebounders in NBA history.

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