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All You Need To Know About Blazer All-Stars

Fun with trivia, in the wake of LaMarcus Aldridge’s All-Star selection.

— Aldridge is the 15th different Blazer to be picked for the All-Star Game, encompassing a total of 34 selections.

— Trivia question: Clyde Drexler leads the way with eight selections while with Portland, but who is second with four? (Answer below)

— The Buffalo Braves (now the Los Angeles Clippers) and the Cleveland Cavaliers entered the NBA at the same time as the Blazers. For comparison, the Clippers have had 11 players account for 18 All-Star selections; the Cavs have had 15 players selected 31 times. Both franchises have infinitely fewer championships than Portland.

— Geoff Petrie was the Blazers’ first All-Star selection, making it as a rookie after being the first draft pick in franchise history. Petrie made the All-Star Game again in his fourth season.

—Trivia answer: Sidney Wicks was an All-Star each of his first four seasons — 1972-75.

— More Sidney Wicks trivia: He played 10 seasons in the league, and his scoring average went down every year. Every single one. He started out at 24.5 points a game as a rookie, and each subsequent season was lower than the one before it.

— Of the 10 players who have had their number retired by the Blazers, four of them never were All-Stars — Bob Gross, Lloyd Neal, Larry Steele, and Dave Twardzik. Isn’t there some way a franchise can rescind jersey retirements?

— From 1995 to 2007, Portland had two All-Star selections — Rasheed Wallace in 2000 and 2001. That’s two in 13 years.

— The last Blazer to start an All-Star Game was Clyde Drexler in 1994. Drexler was a four-time starter — three with Portland and one with Houston.

— Blazers who have started the All-Star Game: Drexler in 1992, 1993, and 1994; Maurice Lucas in 1978; Bill Walton in 1978; Geoff Petrie in 1974; and Sidney Wicks in 1973.