The conference finals are three-quarters set and there will no doubt be more compelling basketball to come. While the 15 players on the Blazers’ roster this season weren’t able to make the playoffs, 19 former Blazers were part of teams that did participate. Here are the rankings of how these Blazers of yore have fared in the postseason.
The Old, Washed-Up Big Man Category
Juwan Howard, PF, Miami Heat
Yeah, he’s still in the league. I’m as surprised as you are.
Joel Przybilla, C, Milwaukee Bucks
Didn’t play much during the year and logged 0 minutes in the Bucks’ short-lived playoff venture.
Kurt Thomas, PF, New York Knicks
Rasheed Wallace, C, New York Knicks
Earl Barron, C, New York Knicks
Wow, the Knicks are putting together an awesome 2002 big man rotation. These guys have been solely working on their suit game this postseason.
The Slightly Less Old, Washed-Up Big Man Category
Marcus Camby, C, New York Knicks
Shavlik Randolph, PF, Boston Celtics
These guys have both played exactly 3 minutes in the playoffs. Again, is there an early 2000s quality big man the Knicks don’t have? What’s Elden Campbell up to? Is there still time to sign Scott Pollard?
12. Hasheem Thabeet, C, Oklahoma City Thunder
Thabeet was basically the most unplayable Thunder big not named Perkins. Final tally: 26 minutes, -0.8 PER.
11. Jeff Pendergraph, PF, Indiana Pacers
Pendergraph graces the worst bench currently in the playoffs. He’s played 66 minutes, shot 7 for 22, and has as many fouls as rebounds. Take a seat, Jeff.
10. Patty Mills, PG, San Antonio Spurs
Mills plays exclusively in garbage time, but isn’t terrible when he does. Still, to be any higher you’d have to be able to beat out Cory Joseph for rotation minutes.
9. Steve Blake, PG, Los Angeles Lakers
He got hurt. But, man, if he hadn’t, the Lakers still would have gotten swept.
8. Anthony Tolliver, SF, Atlanta Hawks
Played 11.3 minutes per game and appeared in all 6 games for the Hawks. Shot 63.6 percent from 3, which is kind of crazy.
7. Jerryd Bayless, PG, Memphis Grizzlies
Bayless is supposed to be the Jarrett Jack of the Grizzlies, except he isn’t as good as Jack. He’s shooting 36.3 percent overall and 32.6 percent from 3. He’s also not a strong defender unlike most of the Grizzlies. Still, he’s an important rotation piece for a Western Conference finalist.
6. Jamal Crawford, SG, Los Angeles Clippers
He was unconscious (in the good way) in game 2 against the Grizzlies. He was unconscious (in the bad way) for the rest of that series.
5. Gerald Wallace, SF, Brooklyn Nets
Wallace played so well that he completely justified the trade that ultimately led to Portland drafting Damian Lillard! Ok, not actually, but he rebounded decently and finally made some shots.
4. Andre Miller, PG, Denver Nuggets
Miller had the game-winning layup in game 1 and continued to be a go-to source of offensive creation for the Nuggets. Unfortunately, his defense on Steph Curry was woeful and thus the Nuggets were ousted in the first round.
3. Raymond Felton, PG, New York Knicks
Felton may be keeping it 100 in life, but he’s keeping it 3rd in these rankings. He’s not shooting all that well, but has barely been turning it over. Plus, he’s been an important part of the Knicks’ high-powered, 3-point happy offense all season, running pick-and-rolls and attacking the basket.
2. Jarrett Jack, SG, Golden State Warriors
Jack can be frustrating due to limited court vision, which often leads to him missing Steph Curry or Klay Thompson open on the wings. He was also atrocious on defense at times. However, Jack is a great mid-range shooter and a guy who created offense when the effects of Steph Curry’s ankle injury started to show.
1. Zach Randolph, PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Randolph has been doing his thing, creating space under the basket and rebounding very well. He was able to beat up most of the defenders the Thunder put on him. It will be incredibly fun to watch Randolph and Marc Gasol battle against Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter in the next round.