The Portland Trail Blazers franchise has had some superstar talent compete for the franchise throughout history. Some of these names include the great Clyde Drexler and Bill Walton, while recent superstar Damian Lillard has made a massive impact in recent years for the franchise that drafted him No. 6 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. Not to mention, the Trail Blazers have had championship success, including the 1977 Finals when the Portland Trail Blazers won the championship in a Finals matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers. It was a 6-game series that saw Bill Walton hoist the Finals MVP trophy.
Since then, the Trail Blazers have not won an NBA title, although they had a pretty strong team thanks to Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Throughout Trail Blazers' history, the franchise has had some elite talent, whether they come in the form of offensive players. It is time to continue our series of the best scorers in franchise history, this time, we focus on the Portland Trail Blazers. Here are the greatest scorers in Portland Trail Blazers' history in terms of PPG average, while a list of the top-10 scorers in total points will also be provided.
10. Bill Walton - 17.1 PPG
(4 Seasons, 1975-78)
One of the greatest centers of his time and a Hall of Famer, Bill Walton completed 4 seasons of his career with the Portland Trail Blazers after getting drafted No. 1 overall in the 1974 NBA Draft. The star center was not only a terrific all-around player but one of the greatest passers and leaders in his position. A 2-time All-Star with the Trail Blazers, Bill helped make Portland a winner by placing them on the map in the Western Conference.
Although Walton was a terrific rebounder, passer, and defender, he was a capable scorer that averaged double figures in PPG for 8 years over his career. The talented power center stood a massive 6’11” and often used his strength and size to punish opposing bigs in the post and had a strong hook shot along with a legitimate paint presence. In his first All-Star season, Walton averaged 18.6 PPG, 14.4 RPG, 3.8 APG, and 3.2 BPG and also captured the Finals MVP and NBA title at the end of the year with Portland.
9. Calvin Natt - 17.2 PPG
(5 Seasons, 1980-84)
A 6’6” small forward and power forward, Calvin Natt played 25 games in his first season with the Portland Trail Blazers after arriving from the New Jersey Nets. He was certainly effective in that span, posting 20.4 PPG on 48.0% shooting from the field. His second season wasn’t as great, as he posted 13.4 PPG, but he returned to strong form by his third season with the franchise. He put up 17.7 PPG on 57.6% from the field in his 3rd season, showcasing his ability to get good shots at the rim.
Natt would then average his career-high 20.4 PPG in his 4th season with the Trail Blazers, averaging 54.3% shooting from the field, and then finished off his career in Portland by averaging 16.2 PPG on 58.3% shooting. Nicknamed “Pit Bull", Natt brought aggressiveness and force whenever he played the game, because he never backed down from any opponent and his scoring numbers came as a direct result of his ability to shoot a high percentage and strive to win games for the Trail Blazers teams he played for.
8. CJ McCollum - 19.0 PPG
(9 Seasons, 2014-22)
Arguably one of the most consistent scorers in the game today, CJ McCollum made his name with the Portland Trail Blazers by forming one of the best duos in the league with Damian Lillard. The shooting guard was a force with the ball in his hands because he had an elite outside jump shot and incredible quickness to get to where he needed to be on the court. Despite not making a single All-Star Team with Portland, CJ was a difficult player to defend because of his ability to create his own offense.
CJ blossomed into a great scorer in his 3rd season, capturing the Most Improved Player after taking his scoring average from 6.8 PPG to 20.8 PPG in 2016. The shooting guard has since averaged at least 20 PPG for 6 straight seasons after that, an incredible mark of one of the most consistent scorers in the game today. His stint with Portland ended mid-way through the 2022 NBA season, as the duo of McCollum and Lillard would officially be split up. The duo did well together, leading Portland to the Western Conference Finals in 2019 and consistently competing in the postseason.
7. Brandon Roy - 19.0 PPG
(5 Seasons, 2007-11)
A 6’6” shooting guard that was considered one of the league’s finest scorers, Brandon Roy was one talented star for the Portland Trail Blazers. After making 3 All-Star Teams as a member of the Trail Blazers after his Rookie of the Year campaign, Roy was beginning to solidify himself as one of the best shooting guards in the league. But injuries derailed his career, as he would appear in a total of 52 games over the next 3 seasons after his final All-Star season.
A quick scorer with an explosive jumper and graceful moves around the rim, it was great to see a young player like Brandon Roy improve his game by the year. In his third season, Brandon Roy averaged 22.6 PPG on 48.0% shooting while also nailing 37.7% of his three-point shots. Had Roy stayed healthy, he would have been one of the all-time Trail Blazers greats, but instead he has to be considered one of the biggest what-if stories by joining the likes of Derrick Rose, Bill Walton, and Tracy McGrady in that regard.
6. LaMarcus Aldridge - 19.4 PPG
(9 Seasons, 2007-15)
Considered one of the most talented scorers from the power forward position in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers, LaMarcus Aldridge was a great pickup by the franchise with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. The big man started out his career as an excellent spot-up shooter and eventually developed into a go-to scorer who can create his own offense and carry a team on his back when needed. Armed with a quick turnaround jumper, Aldridge was one difficult player to stop, mainly because he had long arms and stood an impressive 6’11”. Shooting over power forwards was never an issue for Aldridge, the main reason he loved competing at that position on the floor.
Aldridge made the All-Rookie Team in his first season, averaging 9.9 PPG and playing a solid role as mainly a backup player. But LaMarcus would blossom into a strong player in his second season, as he dropped 17.8 PPG, and averaged at least 17 PPG for 7 straight seasons after. Aldridge had his best seasons in 2014 and 2015 when he posted 23.2 PPG and 23.4 PPG with the Trail Blazers, the final seasons before he would join the San Antonio Spurs in free agency. Aldridge would never replicate the impact he had with Portland anywhere else, but his scoring was still top-notch.
5. Clyde Drexler - 20.8 PPG
(12 Seasons, 1984-95)
Easily one of the top-50 players of all time and a dominant superstar at the shooting guard position, Clyde Drexler was an absolute force with the Portland Trail Blazers during the twelve seasons he competed for the franchise. One of the game’s greatest shooting guards and a top scorer during the 1990s, Clyde averaged 17.2 PPG in his second season on 49.4% shooting from the field and it would not take long before he would make his first All-Star Team by his third year. At age 23, Clyde showcased his elite athleticism by attacking the rim with ease and also beginning to show his creativity in scoring the ball.
The Hall of Famer made his first All-Star Team in his third season, putting up 18.5 PPG on 47.5% shooting from the field and 76.9% of his foul shots. The shooting guard was widely respected because of his leadership capabilities and also his character because he hardly spoke the wrong word while competing at a high level. Making the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992, Drexler’s legacy as a first-ballot Hall of Famer was set after his stint with the Trail Blazers was over, and his scoring prowess took him to the top-5 list of all-time leading scorers in Portland history.
4. Geoff Petrie - 21.8 PPG
(6 Seasons, 1971-76)
A 6’4” shooting guard and point guard, Geoff Petrie played for the Portland Trail Blazers for his entire career, which lasted a total of 6 years. The guard made the All-Star Team twice, averaging 24.8 PPG in his rookie season which earned him Rookie of the Year and a spot on the All-Rookie Team. Out of the gate, Geoff was a capable scorer who could score the ball from the perimeter and also at the basket, as he averaged 44.3% shooting on an impressive 21.6 FGA in his rookie year. The talented rookie also got to the line on average 4 times per game, resulting in a 7.3 FTA, and he made an acceptable 77.2% of his foul shots as well.
The following season, Petrie continued his scoring output by averaging 18.9 PPG while he showed flashes of his brilliant rookie season by posting 24.9 PPG on 46.4% shooting from the field in his third year. His second All-Star Team appearance came in his fourth season when he posted 24.3 PPG while shooting a career-high 48.1% of his shots from the field and 85.3% of his free throws. A knee injury would finish his career at age 27, but he was still a top-5 scorer in Trail Blazers' history.
3. Sidney Wicks - 22.3 PPG
(5 Seasons, 1972-76)
The 6’8” power forward Sidney Wicks was a very talented big man who had an impressive start to his NBA career out of the NBA Draft. Whatever Sidney did on the court, he made it look impactful and it is no surprise to see him among the top-3 scorers in Portland history. Taken No. 2 overall in the 1971 NBA Draft, Wicks burst onto the scene by posting 24.5 PPG and 11.5 RPG on 42.7% from the field and 71.0% from the stripe. Wicks was also a capable passer, averaging 4.3 APG and making the All-Star Team in his rookie season. No surprise, he won Rookie of the Year as well.
Wicks averaged 23.8 PPG in his second season on 45.2% shooting, earning him a second-straight All-Star Team selection. He would go on to make two more All-Star Teams, posting averages of at least 21 PPG in each season on an average of 47.8% from the field. A capable rebounder who had the athleticism to get the looks he wanted on offense, Wicks had one of the best 4-year runs in Trail Blazers’ history.
2. Kiki Vandeweghe - 23.5 PPG
(5 Seasons, 1985-89)
Kiki Vandeweghe was an offensive force with the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1980s because there was no answer for him when he got rolling from the perimeter. He was a strongly built forward at 6’8” and 220 lbs and was incredibly efficient when he got to the rim. At times, Vandeweghe looked like the best-scoring forward in the league because of his ability to get hot and create shots for himself. After four excellent seasons in Denver to start his career, Vandeweghe continued his spectacular play for the Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 22.4 PPG in his first season with the team, before seeing his scoring average climb over the next two years.
Kiki Vandeweghe put up 24.8 PPG on an impressive 54.0% shooting from the field and followed that up with another spectacular offensive season when he averaged 26.9 PPG on 52.3% shooting from the field, 48.0% from three (while only attempting 1.0 per game), and 88.6% from the foul line. His production would dip shortly after the 1988 season, but he was still an all-time great scorer for the Trail Blazers as he was with the Denver Nuggets.
1. Damian Lillard - 24.6 PPG
(10 Seasons, 2013-22)
One of the greatest players in the franchise’s history, Damian Lillard has been incredibly dominant as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers. While he has yet to carry the team to an NBA Finals let alone win an NBA title, Lillard is without question a superstar on the basketball court. The point guard might be the best shooter in franchise history because he has unlimited range, and his scoring ability was the main reason Lillard was selected to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team, an amazing achievement for a player still competing.
The offensive superstar won Rookie of the Year after posting 19.0 PPG and has since followed that up with 9 seasons averaging at least 20 PPG. During that span, Dame has made 6 All-Star and 6 All-NBA Teams and had his career-high in PPG occur during the 2020 season when he posted 30.0 PPG on 46.3% shooting from the field, 40.1% from three, and 88.8% from the line. Therefore, it is no surprise to see Lillard ranked 1st all-time in Trail Blazers history in PPG and he is not quite done yet as he is only 31 years of age with at least 3 or 4 more years of his prime to go. So far, Lillard is averaging a career 24.6 PPG on 43.7% FG, 37.3% 3-PT FG, and 89.3% FT, and those numbers along with his All-Star and All-NBA accolades could one day get him into the Hall of Fame.
Most Points In Portland Trail Blazers History
Here are the ten players with the most total points in Portland Trail Blazers history:
1. Clyde Drexler - 18,040
2. Damian Lillard - 17,510
3. LaMarcus Aldridge - 12,562
4. Terry Porter - 11,330
5. CJ McCollum - 10,710
6. Clifford Robinson - 10,405
7. Jerome Kersey - 10,067
8. Jim Paxson - 10,003
9. Geoff Petrie - 9,732
10. Mychal Thompson - 9,215