1972–73 Portland Trail Blazers season

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1972–73 Portland Trail Blazers season
Head coach Jack McCloskey
Arena Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 21–61 (.256)
Place Division: 5th (Pacific)
Conference: 9th (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1972–73 season was the third season of the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] After finishing the previous season at 18-64, the Blazers earned the first overall selection in the 1972 NBA Draft, and infamously picked LaRue Martin over future Hall-of-Famer Bob McAdoo. LaRue would average seven points per game over a four-season NBA career. The Blazers finished at 21-61, a marginal three-game improvement from the previous season.

Draft picks[edit]

LaRue Martin was the Trail Blazers first overall pick.
Main article: 1972 NBA Draft

Note: This is not a complete list; only the first two rounds are covered, as well as any other picks by the franchise who played at least one NBA game.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 1 LaRue Martin C  United States Loyola (Illinois)
2 14 Bob Davis F  United States Weber State
2 26 Dave Twardzik G  United States Old Dominion
2 30 Ollie Johnson F  United States Temple
3 31 Lloyd Neal F/C  United States Tennessee State

Roster[edit]

Portland Trail Blazers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
PG 12 United States Adelman, Rick 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Loyola Marymount
SF 25 United States Davis, Bob 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Weber State
SG 17 United States Davis, Charlie 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Wake Forest
SF 42 United States Dischinger, Terry 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Purdue
SF 44 United States Johnson, Ollie 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Temple
C 35 United States Martin, LaRue 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Loyola University
SG 40 United States McKenzie, Stan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Utah State
C 36 United States Neal, Lloyd 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Tennessee State
PF 45 United States Petrie, Geoff 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Princeton
SF 4 United States Smith, Greg 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Western Kentucky
C 43 United States Smith, William 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Syracuse
SG 15 United States Steele, Larry 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Kentucky
PF 34 United States Turner, Bill 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Akron
PF 21 United States Wicks, Sidney 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) UCLA
PG 13 United States Wohl, Dave 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Pennsylvania
Head coach




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

Roster

Regular season[edit]

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

Season standings[edit]

Template:1972-73 NBA Pacific standings

# Western Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-Milwaukee Bucks 60 22 .732
2 y-Los Angeles Lakers 60 22 .732
3 x-Chicago Bulls 51 31 .622
4 x-Golden State Warriors 47 35 .573
5 Detroit Pistons 40 42 .488
6 Phoenix Suns 38 44 .463
7 Kansas City–Omaha Kings 36 46 .439
8 Seattle SuperSonics 26 56 .317
9 Portland Trail Blazers 21 61 .256


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

Game log[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Awards and honors[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Transactions from Sports Reference[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1972-73 Portland Trail Blazers
  2. ^ "1972-73 Portland Trail Blazers Transactions". Basketball-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 25 October 2014.