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. No. 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]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 60 22 .732 30–11 28–11 2–0 22–4
x-Golden State Warriors 47 35 .573 13 27–14 18–20 2–1 14–12
Phoenix Suns 38 44 .463 22 22–19 15–25 1–0 14–12
Seattle SuperSonics 26 56 .317 34 16–25 10–29 0–2 9–17
Portland Trail Blazers 21 61 .256 39 13–28 8–32 0–1 6–20


# 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

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1972-73 NBA Records
Team ATL BAL BOS BUF CHI CLE DET GSW HOU KCO LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SEA
Atlanta 3–4 1–5 5–1 2–2 3–4 2–2 1–3 4–4 2–2 3–1 1–3 3–3 6–0 3–1 4–0 3–1
Baltimore 4–3 1–5 5–1 0–4 8–0 2–2 3–1 5–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–3 5–1 2–2 4–0 4–0
Boston 5–1 5–1 7–0 3–1 5–1 3–1 3–1 5–1 3–1 4–0 2–2 4–4 7–0 4–0 4–0 4–0
Buffalo 1–5 1–5 0–7 2–2 1–5 1–3 0–4 1–5 1–3 0–4 0–4 1–6 7–1 1–3 2–2 2–2
Chicago 2–2 4–0 1–3 2–2 3–1 3–4 3–3 4–0 5–2 1–5 2–4 3–1 4–0 4–2 5–1 5–1
Cleveland 4–3 0–8 1–5 5–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 4–3 2–2 1–3 1–3 0–6 6–0 1–3 1–3 3–1
Detroit 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 4–3 3–1 2–4 1–3 3–3 1–5 2–5 1–3 3–1 4–2 6–0 2–4
Golden State 3–1 1–3 1–3 4–0 3–3 3–1 4–2 3–1 4–2 3–4 1–5 2–2 4–0 2–4 5–1 4–3
Houston 4–4 2–5 1–5 5–1 0–4 3–4 3–1 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 1–5 5–1 2–2 2–2 2–2
Kansas City-Omaha 2–2 1–3 1–3 3–1 2–5 2–2 3–3 2–4 4–0 1–5 1–6 0–4 3–1 3–3 4–2 4–2
Los Angeles 1–3 3–1 0–4 4–0 5–1 3–1 5–1 4–3 3–1 5–1 3–3 2–2 4–0 6–1 6–0 6–0
Milwaukee 3–1 2–2 2–2 4–0 4–2 3–1 5–2 5–1 3–1 6–1 3–3 2–2 3–1 5–1 5–1 5–1
New York 3–3 3–3 4–4 6–1 1–3 6–0 3–1 2–2 5–1 4–0 2–2 2–2 6–1 3–1 3–1 4–0
Philadelphia 0–6 1–5 0–7 1–7 0–4 0–6 1–3 0–4 1–5 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–6 0–4 1–3 1–3
Phoenix 1–3 2–2 0–4 3–1 2–4 3–1 2–4 4–2 2–2 3–3 1–6 1–5 1–3 4–0 5–2 4–2
Portland 0–4 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–5 3–1 0–6 1–5 2–2 2–4 0–6 1–5 1–3 3–1 2–5 3–4
Seattle 1–3 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–5 1–3 4–2 3–4 2–2 2–4 0–6 1–5 0–4 3–1 2–4 4–3

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.