Portland Trail Blazers are an American professional Basketball team competing in the Western Conference Northwest division of the NBA. The Blazers were founded in 1970 and play their home games at Moda Center. The team from Portland has won one NBA Championship, three Conference titles and six Division titles.
Trail Blazers history
In 1974, the Blazers drafter Bill Walton and in 1976, Blazers hired Jack Ramsay as head coach. These moves led the Portland Trail Blazers to win their first and only NBA Championship in 1977. Some of the prominent players to have played for the Blazers include Bill Walton, Clyde Drexler, LaMarcus Aldridge etc.
Trail Blazers in recent years
In 2012, Portland Trail Blazers picked Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard as the 6th and 11th pick of the draft. Terry Sotts was hired as head coach for the Trail Blazers. Despite a strong start to the season, Portland fell to a 33-49 record, as they failed to make the playoffs.
The following season, Trail Blazers added CJ McCollum with the 10th pick. They finished the season with 21 more wins and made their way into the playoffs. The first round series against the Houston Rockets was a close contest as it required a Damian Lillard buzzer-beater to send them through to the semifinals. Unfortunately, the lost out to eventual champions San Antonio Spurs in five games.
Portland continue to make the playoffs with impressive regular season performances but fail to convince as they would eventually lose out in either the first round or the semifinals. They advanced to the conference finals for the first time during the 2018-19 season as they beat the OKC Thunder and the Denver Nuggets en route. Ultimately they lost to the Golden State Warriors in the conference finals in four games.
Portland Trail Blazers Record - Last 10 Seasons
|Season||Division Finish||Conference Finish||Record||Playoffs|
|2018-19 ||2nd ||3rd ||53-29 ||Lost Conf Finals |
|2017-18||1st||3rd||49-33||Lost First Round|
|2016-17||3rd||8th||41-41||Lost First Round|
|2015-16||2nd||5th||44-38||Lost Conf Semifinals|
|2014-15||1st||4th||51-31||Lost First Round|
|2013-14||2nd||5th||54-28||Lost Conf Semifinals|
|2010-11||3rd||6th||48-34||Lost First Round|
|2009-10||3rd||6th||50-32||Lost First Round|