UW / Trailblazers / ? – Brandon Roy
When it comes to great basketball players in the Pacific Northwest, no one comes to mind more than Brandon Roy.
He’s played virtually all his basketball in our beloved region and he’s working on a fantastic pro career.
Trace Brandon Roy back as far as you want and you’ll find nothing but a pure Northwesterner through and through.
He was born in Seattle and played his high-school ball at Garfield High School. He was so highly touted that he was a candidate to enter the NBA Draft in 2002.
He even attended long-time Seattle Supersonic Nate McMillan’s basketball camp growing up in the 1990s.
Instead of going right to the NBA, Roy chose to attend the University of Washington. He overcame a learning disability to get his degree.
In his senior year, Roy averaged 20.2 points, guiding the Huskies to a 26-7 record and Sweet Sixteen appearance and winning Pac-10 Player of the Year honors.
Roy’s impact in the NBA was immediate. The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted him sixth overall in 2006 but immediately flipped him to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Roy wasn’t leaving the Pacific Northwest after all. He became the Blazers’ go-to guy right away, winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award in 2007.
He made the NBA All-Star team three straight times from 2008 to 2010.
2010-11 was one of the first trying basketball seasons of Roy’s life. He battled two bad knees, played only 47 games and averaged 12.2 points, a far cry from his career average of 19. However, there’s nowhere to go but up for Roy now.
His toughest year is behind him, the lockout is at least giving him time to rest his knees and, at 27 years old, the sky is still the limit for the dynamic shooting guard.