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Clyde Drexler


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Clyde Austin Drexler is an American retired professional basketball player who played primarily for the Portland Trail Blazers. Nicknamed as "Clyde the Glide", Drexler is a 1-Time NBA Champion, 10-Time NBA All-Star, and 1992 All-NBA First Team. Playing his college at Houston, he averaged 14.4 points, 3.3 assists and 9.9 rebounds in three seasons. He led them to two straight Final Four appearances in 1982 and 1983. In addition, he was named the Southwestern Conference Player of the Year and a first-team All American his final season.


Drexler was drafted as the 14th overall pick in the 1983 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. The second season was his breakout season, in which he posted a stat line of 17.2 points, 6 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game. In his third season, Drexler averaged 18.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2.6 steals and was named an All-Star. Drexler led the Blazers to the 1990 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Detroit Pistons in 5 games. He averaged 26.4 points and 7.8 rebounds for the series.


In the 1990-91 season, he helped the Blazers reach a franchise-best 63–19 season record. Being heavily favored to win the West, the Blazers were upset by the Los Angeles Lakers. In the 1991-92 season, Drexler finished second in the MVP voting to Michael Jordan. The Blazers met Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in the same year, where they lost in 6 games. He averaged 24.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game for the series.


In 1992, Drexler won an Olympic Gold Medal as part of the U.S. Olympic basketball team, nicknamed "The Dream Team". He was traded to the Houston Rockets midway through the 1994-95 season. Along with long-time friend Hakeem Olajuwon, Drexler helped the Rockets sweep the Orlando Magic in the 1995 NBA Finals, giving the Rockets their second consecutive championship and his first. He averaged 21.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game in his third and final NBA Finals appearance. Drexler was inducted two times into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, one in 2004 for his individual career and the other in 2010 as a member of the “Dream Team”.



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