1970–71 Portland Trail Blazers season

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1970–71 Portland Trail Blazers season
First NBA season
Head coach Rolland Todd
Arena Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 30–52 (.366)
Place Division: 5th (Pacific)
Conference: 9th (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television KPTV
Radio KLPM
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The Portland Trail Blazers were one of three new teams to join the NBA. They played their first game in Portland, beating their expansion brethren, the Cleveland Cavaliers, 115-112 on October 16.[1] The Blazers would finish last in the Pacific Division with a record of 29–53.[1] Of the three expansion teams, their record was the best. The Blazers won seven more games than the Buffalo Braves and 14 more than the Cavaliers. The leading scorer for the Blazers was Geoff Petrie. He averaged 24.8 points per game while sharing Rookie of the Year honors with Boston Celtics star Dave Cowens.[1]

The inaugural Portland Trail Blazers team.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Expansion Draft[edit]

Player Position Team
Rick Adelman PG San Diego Rockets
Jerry Chambers SF Phoenix Suns
LeRoy Ellis C Baltimore Bullets
Fred Hetzel SF Philadelphia 76ers
Joe Kennedy SF Seattle SuperSonics
Ed Manning sF/PF Chicago Bulls
Stan McKenzie SF Phoenix Suns
Dorie Murrey PF Seattle SuperSonics
Pat Riley SG San Diego Rockets
Dale Schlueter C San Francisco Warriors
Larry Siegfried PG Boston Celtics

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Roster[edit]

Portland Trail Blazers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
PG 12 Adelman, Rick 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Loyola Marymount (CA)
SG 33 Barnett, Jim 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Oregon
C 25 Ellis, Leroy 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) St. John's
F 15 English, Claude 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Rhode Island
PF 48 Gilmore, Walt 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fort Valley State
PF 44 Gregor, Gary 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) South Carolina
PF 11 Halimon, Shaler 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 199 lb (90 kg) Utah State
SF 38 Knight, Ron 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) California State, LA
PF 35 Manning, Ed 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jackson State
PF 40 McKenzie, Stan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) New York
SG 45 Petrie, Geoff 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Princeton
C 54 Schlueter, Dale 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Colorado State
F 54 Stricker, Bill 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Pacific
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season[edit]

The Trail Blazers played their home games at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Los Angeles Lakers 48 34 .585
San Francisco Warriors 41 41 .500 7
San Diego Rockets 40 42 .488 8
Seattle SuperSonics 38 44 .463 10
Portland Trail Blazers 29 53 .354 19

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# Western Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-Milwaukee Bucks 66 16 .805
2 y-Los Angeles Lakers 48 34 .585
3 x-Chicago Bulls 51 31 .622
4 x-San Francisco Warriors 41 41 .500
5 Phoenix Suns 48 34 .585
6 Detroit Pistons 45 37 .549
7 San Diego Rockets 40 42 .488
8 Seattle SuperSonics 38 44 .463
9 Portland Trail Blazers 29 53 .354


z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1970–71 NBA Records
Team ATL BAL BOS BUF CHI CIN CLE DET LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SDR SFW SEA
Atlanta 3–3 2–4 3–1 1–4 2–4 4–0 0–5 3–2 1–4 3–3 4–2 1–4 2–2 2–3 2–3 3–2
Baltimore 3–3 3–3 3–1 2–3 3–3 4–0 2–3 2–3 1–4 2–4 3–3 3–2 2–2 4–1 2–3 3–2
Boston 4–2 3–3 4–0 4–1 4–2 3–1 2–3 3–2 0–5 0–6 4–2 2–3 2–2 3–2 3–2 3–2
Buffalo 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 5–7 1–5 2–2 0–4 2–2 0–4 1–3 6–6 1–3 1–3 1–3
Chicago 4–1 3–2 1–4 4–0 4–0 4–0 3–3 2–4 1–5 3–2 3–2 3–3 3–1 6–0 4–2 3–2
Cincinnati 4–2 3–3 2–4 4–0 0–4 5–1 1–4 1–4 1–4 2–4 1–5 1–4 4–0 1–3 2–3 1–4
Cleveland 0–4 0–4 1–3 7–5 0–4 1–5 2–2 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–4 2–10 0–4 1–3 0–4
Detroit 5–0 3–2 3–2 5–1 3–3 4–1 2–2 2–3 1–5 2–3 2–3 2–4 3–1 4–2 1–4 3–1
Los Angeles 2–3 3–2 2–3 2–2 4–2 4–1 4–0 3–2 1–4 3–2 3–2 2–4 4–0 3–3 4–2 4–2
Milwaukee 4–1 4–1 5–0 4–0 5–1 4–1 4–0 5–1 4–1 1–4 4–1 4–2 3–1 4–1 6–0 5–1
New York 3–3 4–2 6–0 2–2 2–3 4–2 4–0 3–2 2–3 4–1 2–4 4–1 3–1 4–1 3–2 2–3
Philadelphia 2–4 3–3 2–4 4–0 2–3 5–1 3–1 3–2 2–3 1–4 4–2 3–2 4–0 3–2 3–2 3–2
Phoenix 4–1 2–3 3–2 3–1 3–3 4–1 4–0 4–2 4–2 2–4 1–4 2–3 4–0 2–4 3–2 3–2
Portland 2–2 2–2 2–2 6–6 1–3 0–4 10–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–4
San Diego 3–2 1–4 2–3 3–1 0–6 3–1 4–0 2–4 3–3 1–4 1–4 2–3 4–2 4–0 2–4 5–1
San Francisco 3–2 3–2 2–3 3–1 2–4 3–2 3–1 4–1 2–4 0–6 2–3 2–3 2–3 3–1 4–2 3–3
Seattle 2–3 2–3 2–3 3–1 2–3 4–1 4–0 1–3 2–4 1–5 3–2 2–3 2–3 4–2 1–5 3–3

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]