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The 5 Greatest Portland Trail Blazers To Ever Play In The NBA All-Star Game

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The 5 Greatest Portland Trail Blazers To Ever Play In The NBA All-Star Game

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The Portland Trail Blazers have lacked the overall team success in recent years since their championship season in the late 1970s, but the franchise is filled with plenty of great players. The Blazers were the victims of the "Bad Boy" Detroit Pistons in the 1990 NBA Finals and the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in 1992. The Trail Blazers also were so close to defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2000 Western Conference Finals but couldn't seal the deal.

That’s not an indictment towards one of the league's more underappreciated franchises. The Trail Blazers have been well represented in the All-Star weekend as both Clyde Drexler and Jerome Kersey participated. The franchise has not had any stellar performances in the All-Star Game nor have they hosted an All-Star Game, but the league would be smart to put at least one All-Star weekend in the city of Portland. This Sunday, Portland star point guard Damian Lillard will be competing in five events over the weekend: the Rising Stars challenge, the Skills challenge, the three-point challenge, the slam dunk contest and finally the All-Star game, becoming the first in NBA history to do so.

Ranking the top five players in Trail Blazers' history to play in the NBA All-Star Game was more difficult than I first expected. There were plenty of good players who have solid cases of making this list, including LaMarcus Aldridge and Jim Paxson who just missed the cut. Here now are my five best Portland Trail Blazers to have played in an NBA All-Star Game.

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5. Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy
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Although Brandon Roy's career was shut down prematurely by injury, he was a great player for the Blazers. In Roy's five seasons with the Blazers, the shooting guard was a three-time All-Star, the NBA rookie of the year in 2007 and was a one-time NBA all-second team player.

In Roy's three All-Star games, the two games that he played Roy scored 32 points, grabbed four rebounds and collected 10 assists.

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4. Rasheed Wallace

Rasheed Wallace
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Mostly known for his latter years with the Pistons, Rasheed Wallace was a great player on a Blazers team that almost reached the NBA Finals. Often known for his temper, Wallace was a two-time All-Star with the Blazers.

In Wallace's two All-Star Games, the forward collected 11 points, eight rebounds and two steals.

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3. Maurice Lucas

Maurice Lucas
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One of the more underrated players in NBA history, forward Maurice Lucas was a major factor in the Blazers' only championship in the late 1970s. Lucas was a five-time NBA All-Star, a one-time NBA first-team defensive player and a one-time NBA All-second team player.

In Lucas' five appearances, the forward collected 34 points, 31 rebounds and eight assists.

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2. Clyde Drexler

Clyde Drexler
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The Trail Blazers had their own superstar in the 1980s when the team drafted Clyde Drexler. Drexler helped the team reach two NBA Finals appearances but wouldn't win a title until he was traded to the Houston Rockets. Drexler was a eight-time All-Star for the Blazers, is the team's all-time leading scorer and was a one-time first-team All-NBA performer.

In Drexler's eight All-Star Games, the guard collected 85 points, 42 rebounds and 20 assists.

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1. Bill Walton

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The true leader of the only Trail Blazers team to win a championship, center Bill Walton was not only one of the greatest college players in history but one of the best centers in history despite numerous injuries. Walton was a two-time All-Star, a two-time NBA Champion, and was a two-time first-team All-Defensive player.

In two All-Star Games, Walton played in only one and had 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.