The Portland Trailblazers future is looking bright as two of their best five players from the 2000’s are still on the team and are in the prime of their careers. The Trailblazers started the 2000’s with four straight playoff appearances, but then failed to make the playoffs in each of the next four seasons. The Trailblazers then returned to the playoffs in the last two seasons of the 2000’s. If they can hang on to their young talent, then they should be a force in the Western Conference for the next decade. Imagine how good they can be if 2007 first overall pick Greg Oden can stay healthy and become anywhere near the dominant big man they expected him to be. Here are the best five Portland Trailblazers from 2001-2010. (Only accomplishments and stats while playing for the Portland Trailblazers from 2000-2010 were considered.)
1. Brandon Roy
In four seasons with the Trailblazers, Roy has done everything possible to get Portland fans excited about the future. Over his short career with Portland, he has averaged 20.2 points, 5.0 assists and 4.6 rebounds. His accomplishments include a career high 52 points on December 18th, 2008, and two Western Conference All-Star selections.
2. Zach Randolph
Randolph averaged over 20 points a game in the last four of his six seasons with the Trailblazers. His best season with Portland came in 2006-07 when he averaged 23.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. When Randolph was at the top of his game, he was one of the best big men in league.
3. LaMarcus Aldridge
In four seasons with the Portland Trailblazers, Aldridge has emerged as one of the up-and-coming big men in the NBA. Aldridge has averaged 16.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and a block per game.
4. Rasheed Wallace
Most people remember Wallace as a Detroit Pistons player, where he was one of the staples of the franchise for the 2000’s. What most NBA fans have forgotten is that Wallace was one of the leaders of the Portland Trailblazers for seven and half seasons. Three and half of those seasons came in the 2000’s, averaging 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and over a block per game.
5. Damon Stoudamire
Stoudamire never lived up to the huge expectations that surrounded him when the Toronto Raptors drafted him with the seventh overall pick in the 1995 NBA draft. Even though he started to show enormous promise in three seasons with the Raptors, Stoudamire disappointed while with the Trailblazers. Even though Stoudamire didn’t exactly put up the numbers the Portland Trailblazers expected him to, when they acquired him he did still play solid ball at the point for them. He played five of his seven and a half seasons with the Trailblazers in the 2000’s.