Greatest Trail Blazers: #4 Vandeweghe Vs. #5 Stoudamire
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  1. DHawes22
    DHawes22
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    Posted 08/05/2011 3:05 PM

    Who should advance?
    #4 Kiki Vandeweghe (24)
     57%
    #5 Damon Stoudamire (18)
     43%


    BURNSIDE REGION
    #4 Kiki Vandeweghe vs. #5 Damon Stoudamire



    No. 55 | Forward | 6-8 | 220 lbs

    Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 34.1 mpg, 23.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.2 bpg, .526 FG%, .408 3PT%, .881 FT%

    Buckets, buckets, and more buckets. When Kiki Vandeweghe was acquired from the Denver Nuggets prior to the 1985 season, that's not only what Portland envisioned but what they received [buckets]. Upon arrival, Kiki dropped a cool 31 in a win over the Suns on opening night; a small sample of what was to come. During his first year in Rip City, Vandeweghe led the Trail Blazers in scoring at 22.4 ppg. But it didn't stop there. He continued to one-up himself the following two seasons, posting 24.8 ppg in 1986 and going even higher in 1987, scorching the nets to the tune of 26.9 ppg - both club highs for their respective years. His torrid pace from 85-87 helped him become the first Trail Blazer in franchise history to lead the team in scoring three consecutive seasons, a feat only five other players have been able to achieve since. And he wasn't just living out on the perimeter either, as he found his way charity stripe and converted - making a total of 1,547 free throws over the span of his Trail Blazer career, good enough for ninth all-time, and at a .881 clip, tops among all other Blazers. His average of 6.6 free throws made per game during the 85-86 campaign is the most in team history and it doesn't appear to be in jeopardy of being broken as no other Blazer has even eclipsed the 6 free throws per game made mark yet in our 40+ year history.

    Although the Trail Blazers were bounced in four games from the Western Conference First Round by Denver in 1986, it still marked one of the greatest offensive outbursts, ever, by a single player. Over the span of that series, Vandeweghe posted a 28.0 ppg average, the second highest postseason average in team history, leading the team in scoring every game. But he did it so efficiently, drilling 40 of his 69 field goal attempts, a .580 shooting percentage which was four percent higher than his regular season performance. If that wasn't enough, Kiki set a franchise playoff record by going to the foul line 32 times and, like a machine, connected on every single one of them. 

    Schonely Speaks:
    "There's another guy who could flat out score. And when he had the ball, he'd shoot it every time. But he made one heck of a career. And Kiki was loved by all."

    Photo Gallery: Kiki Vandeweghe Through The Years



    No. 3 | Point Guard | 5-10 | 171 lbs

    Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 32.9 mpg, 12.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.1 spg, 0.1 bpg, .408 FG%, .355 3PT%, .832 FT%

    Mighty Mouse. The Little Giant. Whatever the nickname, he personified playing bigger than his size would indicate. Standing only 5-10 didn't deter Damon Stoudamire from taking it right to the rack against the tall timbers of the NBA. He was quick as a cat and could score every imaginable way possible. Play too close to Damon and he'd blow right by you. Try to give him some space and he'd dial it in from long-range with his trademark lefty jumper. Once Terry Porter left the team after the 1995 season, the Trail Blazers went through a point guard carrousel of sorts, starting Rod Strickland in 96 and Kenny Anderson in 97. It was time for some stability at the most important position and the Trail Blazers found that in the form of the local legend at the 1997-98 trading deadline, starting an eight-year run with Mouse at the helm.

    Most known for his scoring ability, Stoudamire's 54 point barrage over the Hornets on January 5th, 2005 is still the highest single-game scoring performance in team history. During that contest, Damon connected on eight trifectas, the most in any game by a Blazer. But Damon was so much more than a scorer, leading the squad in assists five times, steals once and recorded five triple-doubles, fifth most in team history. Once it was time to hang 'em up for good, Damon found himself second all-time in 3-pt. field goals made (717), third in assists (3,018), fifth in free throw percentage (.846), eight in minutes played (17,497), ninth in steals (556), and tenth in games played (529). But more importantly than all of the stats, records, and accolades, it was his inclusion into that Blazers team of the late 90's which sparked back-to-back trips to the Western Conference Finals, revitalizing Rip City once again.

    Schonely Speaks:
    "The little giant. Not enough credit in my opinion. He was a quick, terrific point guard. And he loved the game."

    Photo Gallery: Damon Stoudamire Through The Years

    The polls will stay open for one week. The player with the most votes will move onto the next round. Who should advance in this matchup and why?

    Bracket: The Greatest Trail Blazer Of All-Time


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  1. daveschedin
    daveschedin
    Posts: 44

    Posted 08/05/2011 4:48 PM

    Kiki was the man..although I always pulled for Damon..it's mr. clean vs. mr green..(if you know what im sayin)..Kiki and Clyde played so well together..
    I am a fan of MY TEAM NO MATTER WHAT, ALWAYS HAVE BEEN ALWAYS WILL BE A BLAZER BELIEVER!
  1. mbmurr1
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    Posts: 530

    Posted 08/06/2011 1:59 PM

    Kiki hands down.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
    Posts: 1669

    Posted 08/07/2011 2:01 AM

    Mighty Mouse all the way!
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/08/2011 9:44 AM

    Went with Mouse. While Kiki could score, it seemed to be the only thing he was doing. Another reason is we gave up 3 great players for him, so he had some big shoes to fill and he wasn't quite able to do so. Is that fair to put that on Kiki? Probably not. Also, Damon just seemed more well-rounded. He could score or pass depending on the situation and helped lead us to the WCF two years in a row.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posts: 975

    Posted 08/08/2011 12:59 PM

    How does Damon average nearly a rebound more per game than the 6-8 Vandeweghe? That just goes to show that Kiki had one thing and one thing only on his mind, scoring.
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  1. BlazerBear
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    Posts: 97

    Posted 08/08/2011 1:26 PM

    Toss up. Kiki was a baller but so was Damon. I think Damon could score with the best of them (54 points against NO) but with so many other weapons on the team he didn't have to put it up as much. Bottom line, I think Damon made others around him better than so was the case with Vandeweghe.
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  1. Kassandra
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    Posted 08/08/2011 8:05 PM

    had to ask my dad about Kiki, and he independently agreed with you, Dustin; he was a great shooter, but didn't seem to do a whole lot else. i remember watching Damon and he was everywhere -- offense, defense and transition. we made the conference finals with Damon, but didn't get to the finals until we traded away Kiki. i'm not trying to bash Kiki (we could use a guy right now who can shoot like he can), but i have to go with Damon.

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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
    Posts: 1669

    Posted 08/09/2011 10:29 PM

    Too many Nets fans on board I tell ya. I know they just hired Kim Kardashian, but that doesn't mean you should pick Kiki over Damon.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/10/2011 9:45 AM

    Posted By Kassandra on 08/08/2011 8:05 PM
    had to ask my dad about Kiki, and he independently agreed with you, Dustin; he was a great shooter, but didn't seem to do a whole lot else. i remember watching Damon and he was everywhere -- offense, defense and transition. we made the conference finals with Damon, but didn't get to the finals until we traded away Kiki. i'm not trying to bash Kiki (we could use a guy right now who can shoot like he can), but i have to go with Damon.

    ~ Kassandra
    Yea, it boils down to what you prefer: a one-trick pony or an all-around player. Not only did we make the conference finals with Damon, but we did it so quickly. We acquired Mouse in February of 98 at the deadline, had the shortened season of 99, and then made a remarkable run to the WCF that spring. So Damon really only played about a full season of games before the start of that postseason run. And it wasn't just because they had that much more talent than Kiki's crew in the 80's. They had Drexler, Porter, Kersey and Duck to go along with Kiki so the cupboard was definitely not bare.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 08/10/2011 1:58 PM

    Disappointed in the fan base on this one. I think Damon's off-the-court stuff is probably hurting him in this poll.
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/11/2011 12:29 PM

    Kiki becomes the ONLY 4 seed to advance, and does it by a small margin (22-16).
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