1994–95 Portland Trail Blazers season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the 25th season for the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association.[1] The Blazers 25th season was marked by change as they played their final season at the Memorial Coliseum with new head coach P.J. Carlesimo. The Blazers started their season defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in their first two games, which were played in Yokohama, Japan.[2] Clyde Drexler averaged 22.0 points per game in the first half of the season, but was not selected for the All-Star Game. On February 14, with the Blazers out of serious contention for the championship, the team honored Drexler's request to be traded to a contender, sending him to the defending NBA champion Houston Rockets in exchange for forward Otis Thorpe.[3] The Rockets went on to win their second straight title, and Drexler's first ever championship.

1994–95 Portland Trail Blazers season
Head coachP.J. Carlesimo
General managerBob Whitsitt
ArenaMemorial Coliseum
Results
Record44–38 (.537)
PlaceDivision: 4th (Pacific)
Conference: 7th (Western)
Playoff finishWest First Round
(Lost to Suns 0–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKGW
Prime Sports Northwest
RadioKEX
< 1993–94 1995–96 >

The Blazers finished the season with a 44–38 record, fourth in the Pacific Division and seventh in the Western Conference. It was their 13th straight trip to the postseason. In the playoffs, the Blazers were swept in the first round by a 0–3 margin against the Phoenix Suns. Following the season, Thorpe was traded to the Detroit Pistons, Terry Porter signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Jerome Kersey left in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft.

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College / Team
1 17 Aaron McKie SG   United States Temple
2 43 Shawnelle Scott C   United States St. John's

RosterEdit

Roster listing
Portland Trail Blazers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
PF 2 Bryant, Mark 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1965–04–25 Seton Hall
C 24 Dudley, Chris 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1965–02–22 Yale
C 53 Edwards, James 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1955–11–22 Washington
PF 44 Grant, Harvey 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1965–07–04 Oklahoma
PG 12 Henson, Steve   5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 177 lb (80 kg) 1968–02–02 Kansas State
SF 25 Kersey, Jerome 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1962–05–26 Longwood
SG 23 McKie, Aaron 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 209 lb (95 kg) 1972–10–02 Temple
PG 30 Porter, Terry 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1963–04–08 UW-Stevens Point
SF 3 Robinson, Clifford 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1966–12–16 Connecticut
PG 26 Robinson, James 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1970–08–31 Alabama
PG 1 Strickland, Rod 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1966–07–11 DePaul
PF 33 Thorpe, Otis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1962–08–05 Providence
PF 52 Williams, Buck 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1960–03–08 Maryland
Head coach

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

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Phoenix Suns 59 23 .720 32–9 27–14 23–7
x-Seattle SuperSonics 57 25 .695 2 32–9 25–16 16–14
x-Los Angeles Lakers 48 34 .585 11 29–12 19–22 15–15
x-Portland Trail Blazers 44 38 .537 15 26–15 18–23 17–13
Sacramento Kings 39 43 .476 20 27–14 12–29 17–13
Golden State Warriors 26 56 .317 33 15–26 11–30 11–19
Los Angeles Clippers 17 65 .207 42 13–28 4–37 6–24


# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-San Antonio Spurs 62 20 .756
2 y-Phoenix Suns 59 23 .720 3
3 x-Utah Jazz 60 22 .732 2
4 x-Seattle SuperSonics 57 25 .695 5
5 x-Los Angeles Lakers 48 34 .585 14
6 x-Houston Rockets 47 35 .573 15
7 x-Portland Trail Blazers 44 38 .537 18
8 x-Denver Nuggets 41 41 .500 21
9 Sacramento Kings 39 43 .476 23
10 Dallas Mavericks 36 46 .439 26
11 Golden State Warriors 26 56 .317 36
12 Minnesota Timberwolves 21 61 .256 41
13 Los Angeles Clippers 17 65 .207 45


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

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1994–95 NBA records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 3–1 2–2 1–4 1–4 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–0 0–2 1–4 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–3 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 4–0
Boston 1–3 1–3 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 4–1 1–3 2–0 2–3 0–5 2–3 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–1
Charlotte 2–2 3–1 2–2 3–2 0–2 1–1 5–0 2–0 0–2 1–4 2–0 0–2 3–1 4–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1
Chicago 4–1 4–0 2–2 2–3 1–1 1–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–4 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–3 4–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2
Cleveland 4–1 2–2 2–3 3–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–3 4–0 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–1
Dallas 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–4 1–1 3–1 2–3 1–1 3–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 4–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–4 3–1 2–2 2–3 0–4 2–4 1–1
Denver 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 1–3 1–4 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 6–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 3–1 2–2 1–4 1–3 1–4 2–0
Detroit 2–3 1–3 0–5 0–5 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–3 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 4–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–1
Golden State 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–4 0–2 3–2 3–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–2 1–4 0–5 1–3 1–4 2–2 2–0
Houston 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 4–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 3–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 3–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–5 0–4 2–3 2–0
Indiana 4–1 2–2 4–1 2–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–2 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 3–1
L.A. Clippers 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 2–3 1–3 0–2 2–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–4 0–5 1–4 0–4 0–5 1–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–3 4–0 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–4 2–3 3–2 1–3 4–1 2–2 2–0
Miami 2–2 1–4 1–3 1–3 3–1 2–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 4–0 1–1 1–3 1–4 1–3 1–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 4–1
Milwaukee 3–1 3–1 1–4 4–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 3–2 2–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–4 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–1
Minnesota 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–4 0–6 1–1 3–1 2–3 0–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–5 0–4 1–4 1–1
New Jersey 0–4 3–2 1–3 2–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–4 2–2 2–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–3
New York 2–2 5–0 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 4–1 2–2 2–0 4–1 2–3 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 4–0
Orlando 3–1 3–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–2 3–2 4–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–2
Philadelphia 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–3 1–1 3–2 0–4 1–4 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–2
Phoenix 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–3 1–3 1–1 4–1 4–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 5–0 4–1 2–2 4–1 2–2 2–0
Portland 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 2–0 4–1 3–1 1–1 5–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–5 3–2 1–3 2–3 1–3 2–0
Sacramento 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 5–0 1–3 0–2 4–1 2–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–4 2–3 0–4 3–2 0–4 1–1
San Antonio 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–2 4–1 2–0 3–1 5–1 0–2 4–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 4–0 2–2 3–2 2–0
Seattle 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 4–1 4–0 1–1 5–0 1–4 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–4 3–2 2–3 2–2 1–3 2–0
Utah 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 4–2 4–1 2–0 2–2 3–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 4–0 2–3 3–1 2–0
Washington 0–4 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–0 0–2 1–4 1–3 1–1 3–2 0–4 2–3 2–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2

Game logEdit

1994–95 game log
Total: 44–38 (Home: 0–0; Road: 0–0)
1994–95 schedule

PlayoffsEdit

West First RoundEdit

(2) Phoenix Suns vs. (7) Portland Trail Blazers: Suns win series 3-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1992 Western Conference Semifinals (Portland won 4-1)

Player statisticsEdit

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

SeasonEdit

Portland Trail Blazers statistics
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Mark Bryant 49 0 13.4 .526 .500 .651 3.3 .6 .4 .3 5.0
Clyde Drexler 41 41 34.8 .428 .363 .835 5.7 5.1 1.8 .5 22.0
Chris Dudley 82 82 27.4 .406 .000 .464 9.3 .4 .5 1.5 5.5
James Edwards 28 0 9.5 .386 .000 .647 1.5 .3 .2 .3 2.7
Harvey Grant 75 14 223.6 .461 .308 .705 3.8 1.1 .7 .7 9.1
Steve Henson 37 0 10.3 .430 .442 .880 .7 2.3 .2 .0 3.2
Jerome Kersey 63 0 18.1 .415 .259 .766 4.1 1.3 .8 .6 8.1
Aaron McKie 45 20 18.4 .444 .393 .685 2.9 2.0 .8 .4 6.5
Tracy Murray 29 3 10.8 .412 .390 .824 1.3 .5 .2 .0 5.9
Terry Porter 35 9 22.0 .393 .386 .707 2.3 3.8 .9 .1 8.9
Clifford Robinson 75 73 36.3 .452 .371 .694 5.6 2.6 1.1 1.1 21.3
James Robinson 71 25 21.7 .409 .341 .591 1.9 2.5 .7 .2 9.2
Rod Strickland 64 61 35.4 .466 .374 .745 5.0 8.8 1.9 .1 18.9
Otis Thorpe 34 0 26.7 .568 .000 .649 6.9 1.6 .6 .4 13.5
Buck Williams 82 82 29.5 .512 .500 .673 8.2 1.0 .8 .8 9.2

PlayoffsEdit

Portland Trail Blazers statistics
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Mark Bryant 2 0 3.0 .500 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 1.0
Chris Dudley 3 3 19.7 .667 .000 .375 5.0 .3 .0 .3 2.3
James Edwards 1 0 4.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Harvey Grant 3 3 38.3 .500 .556 .625 5.3 2.0 1.0 .7 14.3
Jerome Kersey 3 0 21.0 .571 .000 .667 2.7 1.0 1.0 .3 12.7
Aaron McKie 3 0 11.3 .571 .500 .000 .7 .3 1.0 .0 5.7
Terry Porter 3 0 7.0 .538 .400 .600 .7 1.3 .0 .0 6.3
Clifford Robinson 3 3 39.7 .362 .235 563 6.3 2.7 .7 .3 15.7
James Robinson 2 0 2.0 .667 .667 .000 .0 .5 .0 .0 3.0
Rod Strickland 3 3 42.0 .415 .400 .778 4.0 12.3 1.0 .7 23.3
Otis Thorpe 3 0 22.0 .571 .000 .700 4.3 .7 .0 .0 10.3
Buck Williams 3 3 34.3 .600 .000 .636 6.3 .3 1.3 .7 8.3

Awards and recordsEdit

The Trail Blazers did not win any awards for the 1994–95 season.

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

February 14, 1995 To Portland Trail Blazers
Otis Thorpe
Cash considerations
1995 first-round pick
To Houston Rockets
Clyde Drexler
Tracy Murray

Free agentsEdit

Additions
Player Date signed Former team
James Edwards September 19 Los Angeles Lakers
Elmer Bennett October 4 Fargo-Moorhead Fever (CBA)
Negele Knight October 27 San Antonio Spurs
Jerome Kersey October 18 Portland Trail Blazers
Steve Henson November 20 Mexico Aztecas (CBA)
Subtractions
Player Date signed New Team
Elmer Bennett October 28 Oklahoma City Cavalry (CBA)
Shawnelle Scott Oklahoma City Cavalry (CBA)
Jaren Jackson November 1 Philadelphia 76ers
Negele Knight December 18 Detroit Pistons

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1994-95 Portland Trail Blazers
  2. ^ "Clippers End Poor Foreign Experience : Pro basketball: Twenty-five turnovers are key factor in a 112-95 loss to the Trail Blazers". Los Angeles Times. November 6, 1994. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "PRO BASKETBALL; Drexler Traded For Otis Thorpe". New York Times. February 15, 1995. Retrieved March 10, 2017.