Portland Trail Blazers Regular Season Rosters

1978-1979 Portland Trail Blazers Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
  Kim Anderson SF 6-7 200 0 Missouri 1977 Rnd 2 Pick 6 United States
  Ron Brewer G 6-4 180 0 Arkansas 1978 Rnd 1 Pick 7 United States
  T.R. Dunn G 6-4 192 1 Alabama 1977 Rnd 2 Pick 19 United States
  Bob Gross SF 6-6 200 3 Long Beach State 1975 Rnd 2 Pick 7 United States
  Lionel Hollins G 6-3 185 3 Arizona State 1975 Rnd 1 Pick 6 United States
  Clemon Johnson FC 6-10 240 0 Florida A&M 1978 Rnd 2 Pick 22 United States
20 Maurice Lucas PF 6-9 215 2 Marquette 1974 Rnd 1 Pick 14 United States
  Jim McMillian SF 6-5 215 8 Columbia 1970 Rnd 1 Pick 13 United States
  Lloyd Neal PF 6-7 225 6 Tennessee State 1972 Rnd 3 Pick 1 United States
  Tom Owens FC 6-10 215 2 South Carolina 1971 Rnd 4 Pick 7 United States
  Willie Smith PG 6-2 170 2 Missouri 1976 Rnd 2 Pick 1 United States
  Larry Steele G 6-5 180 7 Kentucky 1971 Rnd 3 Pick 2 United States
  Ira Terrell PF 6-8 200 2 Southern Methodist 1976 Rnd 3 Pick 11 United States
43 Mychal Thompson FC 6-10 226 0 Minnesota 1978 Rnd 1 Pick 1 Bahamas
  Dave Twardzik PG 6-1 175 2 Old Dominion 1972 Rnd 2 Pick 13 United States
  Bill Walton C 6-11 235 4 UCLA 1974 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States

1978-1979 Portland Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters D. Twardzik R. Brewer T. Owens M. Thompson M. Lucas
Rotation   L. Steele   C. Johnson  
Rotation   L. Hollins      
Rotation   T. Dunn      
Lim PT W. Smith   B. Gross L. Neal B. Walton
Lim PT       I. Terrell  

1978-1979 Pacific Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Seattle SuperSonics52-30-
2Phoenix Suns50-322
3Los Angeles Lakers47-355
4Portland Trail Blazers45-377
5San Diego Clippers43-399
6Golden State Warriors38-4414

1978-1979 Portland Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Maurice Lucas All-NBA Defensive Second Team (1979)
Lionel Hollins All-NBA Defensive Second Team (1979)
Ron Brewer All-Rookie First Team (1979)
Mychal Thompson All-Rookie First Team (1979)
Maurice Lucas Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1979)

1978-1979 Portland Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Tom Owens 82 34.0 18.5 9.0 3.7 0.7 0.7 3.0
Maurice Lucas 69 35.7 20.4 10.4 3.1 1.0 1.2 3.4
Ron Brewer 81 30.3 13.3 2.8 2.0 1.3 1.0 1.9
Mychal Thompson 73 29.4 14.7 8.3 2.4 0.9 1.8 2.8
Lionel Hollins 64 30.7 15.2 2.3 5.1 1.8 0.4 3.5
Dave Twardzik 64 24.5 10.4 1.9 2.8 1.3 0.1 2.0
T.R. Dunn 80 22.9 7.7 4.3 1.3 1.1 0.3 1.2
Larry Steele 72 20.7 7.2 2.4 2.0 1.0 0.1 1.3
Bob Gross 53 27.2 9.7 4.7 3.5 1.3 0.9 2.3
Clemon Johnson 74 10.7 3.2 3.1 1.1 0.3 0.5 0.9
Jim McMillian 23 12.1 3.6 1.7 1.4 0.4 0.1 0.7
Ira Terrell 18 8.9 3.8 2.1 0.8 0.4 0.3 0.9
Kim Anderson 21 10.7 3.0 2.1 0.7 0.2 0.2 1.0
Willie Smith 13 10.1 4.5 1.0 1.3 0.8 0.1 1.1
Lloyd Neal 4 12.0 2.2 2.2 0.2 0.0 0.2 1.5

1978-1979 Portland Trail Blazers Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Ron Brewer was selected as the #7 pick in the First Round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Ron Brewer signed a multi-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers on September 1, 1978.

T.R. Dunn was selected as the #19 pick in the Second Round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. T.R. Dunn signed a multi-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers on September 19, 1977.

Bob Gross was selected as the #7 pick in the Second Round of the 1975 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Bob Gross signed a multi-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers on September 1, 1975.

Lionel Hollins was selected as the #6 pick in the First Round of the 1975 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Lionel Hollins signed a multi-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers on July 15, 1975.

Clemon Johnson was selected as the #22 pick in the Second Round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Clemon Johnson signed a multi-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers on September 1, 1978.

Lloyd Neal was selected as the #1 pick in the 3 Round of the 1972 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Lloyd Neal signed a multi-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers on September 1, 1972.

Larry Steele was selected as the #2 pick in the 3 Round of the 1971 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Larry Steele signed a multi-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers on April 9, 1971.

Mychal Thompson was selected as the #1 pick in the First Round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Mychal Thompson signed a multi-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers on September 13, 1978.

Dave Twardzik was selected as the #13 pick in the Second Round of the 1972 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Dave Twardzik signed a multi-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers on June 2, 1976.

Bill Walton was selected as the #1 pick in the First Round of the 1974 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Bill Walton signed a multi-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers on June 1, 1974.

Acquired via Draft Rights Trade

Draft Rights to Maurice Lucas, the #14 pick in the First Round of the 1974 NBA Draft, were acquired by the New York Knicks from the Chicago Bulls on May 28, 1974. Maurice Lucas signed a multi-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers on September 1, 1976.

Acquired via Trade

Tom Owens was acquired in a trade by the Portland Trail Blazers from the Houston Rockets on August 10, 1977.

Acquired via Free Agency

Willie Smith signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers on October 3, 1978.

Ira Terrell signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers on February 17, 1979.

1978-1979 Portland Trail Blazers Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Larry Weinberg Owner 1970-1971 N/A
Jack Ramsay Head Coach 1976-1977 Head Coach (Atlanta Hawks, 1972 to 1976)
Harry Glickman Owner, General Manager 1970-1971 N/A
Bill Schonely Television Play-By-Play 1970-1971 N/A