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Portland Trailblazers HISTORY

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Quick facts:

Founded:                   1970   
Arena:                     Moda Center
Division Championships:    5 (1978, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2015)
NBA Titles:                1 (1977)
Playoffs:                  33


#1 Picks:
The Blazers have had the #1 pick 4 times in their history with varying degrees of success. The first time the Blazers had the #1 pick was when they selected LaRue Martin first overall. Martin turned out to be one of the biggest misses in NBA history lasting only 4 seasons in the league.

The Blazers had the #1 pick again four years later and got a slam dunk with Bill Walton. Walton would have a short lived career due to injuries but did lead the Blazers to their only NBA title in 1977.

The Blazers got the #1 pick again in 1978 and selected Mychal Thompson. Thompson had a solid career with both the Blazers and Lakers that lasted 13 season.

The Blazers had to wait almost 30 years before they got the #1 pick again in 2007 when they selected Greg Oden. Oden turned out to be almost as big of bust as LaRue Martin. Oden only played in 3 seasons in the NBA.

Missed Opportunities:
The Blazers have had a lot of high draft picks in their history but have had some epic missed. When they selected Martin in 1972 they could have selected Julius Earving or Bob McAdoo In 1978 they selected Thompson over Larry Bird.

The most famous miss is in 1984 when the Blazers selected Sam Bowie #2 overall when they could have selected Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley or John Stockton.

The Blazers missed again in 2007 when they took Oden and could have drafted Kevin Durant.

 

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