Portland Trail Blazers: Top 5 Small Forwards In Team History

By Shane Phillips

Portland Trail Blazers: Top 5 SFs In Team History

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The Portland Trail Blazers are a franchise that saw much success throughout the late 80s and 90s, but were overshadowed by the NBA Eastern Conference. With greats such as Clyde Drexler and Bill Walton, Portland has only been able to lock down one championship. Nevertheless, plenty of talent has passed through far out West. Here are the top five small forwards in Trail Blazers history.

5. Nicolas Batum

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5. Nicolas Batum

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Nicolas Batum is part of the youthful resurgence that has brought success back to Portland. In six seasons, Batum has helped the Trail Blazers to four playoff appearances including their most recent trip to the conference semifinals. Spending his entire career in black and red, Batum has averaged 11.5 PTS, 4.9 REB and 2.7 AST per game.

4. Cliff Robinson

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4. Cliff Robinson

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Splitting his time between the power and small forward positions, Clifford Robinson showed tremendous skill and durability while with Portland. The Trail Blazers made the playoffs in all eight of “Uncle Cliffy’s” seasons including two Finals appearances. He also holds the record for most consecutive games played in franchise history at 461.

3. Scottie Pippen

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3. Scottie Pippen

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Better known for his days as a Chicago Bull and Michael Jordan’s sidekick, Scottie Pippen had some success after the power duo broke up. Spending four seasons out West, Pippen was part of four consecutive playoff appearances that includes the 2000 Conference Finals. Overall, he averaged 11.4 PTS, 5.3 REB and 5.0 AST per game. Pippen was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.

2. Bob Gross

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2. Bob Gross

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Part of the 1977 NBA Champions, Bob Gross helped bring the only title to Portland in the history of the Trail Blazers. He was part of five playoff appearances and played alongside the great Bill Walton. Averaging 9.2 PTS and 4.5 REB as a Blazer, Gross shares the retired No. 30 with Terry Porter.

1. Jerome Kersey

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1. Jerome Kersey

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The 46th overall pick in the 1984 Draft, Jerome Kersey had a terrific 11 seasons with the Trail Blazers. The small forward helped Portland to 11 consecutive playoff appearances including two Finals appearances. Kersey is second in franchise history in games played and total rebounds. His impressive stint as a Blazer earns him the top spot on this countdown.

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