Learn More About Maurice Lucas

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Maurice Lucas
Jersey Number: 20

Maurice Lucas Selected in 1st round, 2nd pick overall, of 1976 ABA dispersal draft.) A two-time ABA all-star, his acquisition with the second round pick in the dispersal draft after the merger of the two leagues, was the final piece in putting the Blazers’ 1977 championship team together. Considered one of the premier power forwards in the game at the time, the big, rugged “enforcer” teamed with Bill Walton to give Portland the best front court combination in the game.

He led the Blazers in scoring during the 1976-77 season with a 20.2 points-per-game average, was second in scoring the next year (16.4 ppg), then was the team leader again in 1978-79 (20.4 ppg). Named to the All-NBA second team in 1977-78, he was twice selected to the NBA All-Defensive team (1st team in 1977-78 and 2nd in 1978-79).

Lucas represented the Blazers in the All-Star games three times from 1977 to 1979. His fierce scowl and give-no-quarter play in the paint earned him grudging respect throughout the NBA. To gain the rights to Maurice in the ABA dispersal draft, the Blazers traded Geoff Petrie, the team’s most popular player for the club’s first six seasons, and steady center Tom Owens to Atlanta. A second trade, midway through the 1979-80 season, sent Lucas and two future first round draft picks to New Jersey for Calvin Natt. After stints with the Nets, Knicks, Lakers and Sonics, he finished out his career in Portland by playing in 73 games during the 1987-88 season.

In his first three years with the Blazers, he averaged 19.1 points and 10.4 rebounds, and in four-plus seasons in Portland posted a 15.6 scoring average and 8.7 rebounds. His all-time professional career averages, spanning 14 seasons and 1,021 games with eight different teams was 14.6 points and 9.1 rebounds a game. Served as an assistant coach to Mike Shuler and Rick Adelman in 1988-89.

Number retired in ceremonies on Nov. 4, 1988.