Good luck, Brandon Roy.
Brandon Roy has come to a verbal agreement with Minnesota according to a person in Roy’s family
— Jason Quick (@jwquick) July 6, 2012
Any fan of Roy’s will be happy to see him back in the basketball world, but Portland Trail Blazers fans can’t help but remember what he once did for their team just a few seasons ago.
5) Perimeter shooting
A career 35.2 percent shooter from beyond the arch, Roy is a player who never stood out for his three-point shooting abilities.
That being said, he was always someone the team could rely on to hit a shot when need be from the outside.
The TrailBlazers may have improved their shooting numbers a bit last year, but the past few seasons have been tough to watch when the team is firing away aimlessly from downtown to no avail.
Roy may not have been the best, but he was a solid option amongst teammates who have historically struggled to hit from the outside.
4) Massive scoring outputs
Any NBA player is capable of going off at any point, but Roy seemed to make it happen more than any player the Blazers have had in recent memory.
Roy’s scoring ability was near the best the league had to offer.
A career-high 52 points against the Phoenix Suns—also a Rose Garden record—41 points against the Denver Nuggets Christmas night and an 18-point fourth quarter in the playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks all make up one of the most impressive resumes for a Blazer in franchise history.
The Trail Blazers had a go-to scorer in Zach Randolph before Roy made his debut in Portland, but the forward with the max contract never quite adapted to the leadership role the way the team would have liked.
During his time in Portland, Roy made three All-Star teams, was an All-NBA Second Team member and became synonymous with seemingly everything Trail Blazers.
His chemistry wasn’t always the greatest with the other guards on the team, but when it came down to it, he knew how to win and he knew how to make it work with his teammates on the court.
2) Clutch Shooting
The category that the Trail Blazers missed Roy the most in last year was hands down clutch shooting.
The Blazers had difficulty closing out games throughout the 2011-12 season, as they went just 5-17 in games decided by five points or fewer.
Roy became known throughout his five-year tenure in Portland as they guy who could get it done in the clutch.
The 6’5” guard could score from the perimeter, at the rim and with either hand. Combine that with his natural instinct to take over a game, and you had one lethal assassin at the end of any contest that came down to the wire.
1) Face of the franchise
Yes, Roy was a leader; but he was so much more than that to a city and a franchise that needed direction early in his NBA career.
Before Roy arrived, fans in Portland had watched their only major sports team go from championship contenders to completely irrelevant in just a matter of years.
Roy is often credited with getting the team out of the Jail Blazers era, and rightfully so.
The year before Roy arrived, the team was still the home to Zach Randolph, Darius Miles and Ruben Patterson. Roy helped turn that 21-61 team around, and with his emergence came the long-awaited farewell to the team’s last remaining bad boys.
Having won the 2006-07 Rookie of the Year award, Roy almost single-handedly brought the Blazers back to relevancy from dark and irrelevant times, seemingly cementing himself as the face of the franchise throughout the five years he called Rip City home.