Top 5 Point Guards in Portland Trail Blazers Franchise’s History
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5. Kenny Anderson
For such a brief tenure with the team, only 131 games, including the playoffs, there is no denying that Kenny Anderson made his mark in the Pacific Northwest. He averaged 15.8 points per game, 6.5 assists per game and 1.8 steals per game, while also grabbing 3.9 rebounds per game. Overall, Anderson played for nine different NBA teams, and his Portland tenure was the third-longest stretch of his career. In his only full season with the Blazers (1996-1997), he averaged 17.1 PPG, 7.1 APG, 4.4 RPG and 2.0 steal per contest to boot. Those are some pretty good numbers, even if Anderson didn’t stick with the team for very long. Kenny Anderson cracks the top 5 on this list on Blazer point guard greats.
4. Damon Stoudamire
After averaging a more than impressive 19/8 with the Raptors up North, Damon Stoudamire found himself in Portland just three seasons into his career. His 8 seasons with the “Jailblazers” is where most of the national media and fans around the league all remember Damon nowadays – at least I know I do.
With Portland, beyond the team success, he still did his part individually as he averaged around 13/7 and was part of some of the greatest teams in recent NBA history that didn’t win a title. Does anyone else still wish he and those Blazers team beat the Lakers, or is just me? Gotta love Mighty Mouse, he was just one of those guys you always rooted for, whether or not you liked the team he was on. The real question is does Damon or this next guy the better Portland Trailblazer point guard? Toss up as far as I am concerned, but in the end I think I got it right.
3. Rod Strickland
Acquired to be the heir apparent to the number one guy below on this list, Strickland was a great player for the Blazers. He averaged a very impressive 16.2 points, 8.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per contest to boot. He provided an all-around presence for the Portland backcourt, and in the postseason (18 games), Strickland was even better: 18.3 points, 8.7 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game in the playoffs – so he was clutch and never shied away from the big moment. Alas, he could never lead the team back to the NBA Finals once he took over the reigns, although maybe we can’t blame that entire on him.