1988–89 Portland Trail Blazers season

The 1988–89 season was the 19th season of the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Blazers finished 39–43, eighth in the Western Conference, qualifying for the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year.

The team was racked with dissension and posted a 25–22 record before coach Mike Schuler was fired in mid-February. Then-assistant coach Rick Adelman was promoted to replace him on an interim basis. After the Blazers reached the 1989 NBA Playoffs, Adelman was made the head coach on a full-time basis.

In the 1989 NBA Playoffs, the Blazers were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the fourth straight year, losing three straight to the eventual Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers.

Clyde Drexler and Kevin Duckworth were both selected to the 1989 NBA All-Star Game.

Draft picks


Roster listing
Portland Trail Blazers roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
F/C35United StatesAnderson, Richard6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)240 lb (109 kg)UC Santa Barbara
C31United StatesBowie, Sam7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)235 lb (107 kg)Kentucky
F24United StatesBranch, Adrian6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)185 lb (84 kg)Maryland
F/C2United StatesBryant, Mark6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)245 lb (111 kg)Seton Hall
G22United StatesDrexler, Clyde6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)210 lb (95 kg)Houston
C00United StatesDuckworth, Kevin7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)275 lb (125 kg)Eastern Illinois
C32BrazilFerreira, Rolando7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)240 lb (109 kg)Houston
C33United StatesJohnson, Steve6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)235 lb (107 kg)Oregon State
F/C27United StatesJones, Caldwell6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)217 lb (98 kg)Albany State
F25United StatesKersey, Jerome6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)215 lb (98 kg)Longwood
G30United StatesPorter, Terry6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)195 lb (88 kg)UW-Stevens Point
G14United StatesSichting, Jerry6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)168 lb (76 kg)Purdue
G7United StatesSteppe, Brook6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)195 lb (88 kg)Georgia Tech
G21United StatesYoung, Danny6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)175 lb (79 kg)Wake Forest
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Regular season

The Trail Blazers played their home games at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Season standings

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

Record vs. opponents

Game log

Regular season

1988–89 game log
Total: 39–43 (Home: 28–13; Road: 11–30)
November: 7–7 (Home: 6–1; Road: 1–6)
December: 9–4 (Home: 5–0; Road: 4–4)
January: 6–8 (Home: 5–4; Road: 1–4)
February: 5–7 (Home: 3–3; Road: 2–4)
March: 5–12 (Home: 3–3; Road: 2–9)
April: 7–5 (Home: 6–2; Road: 1–3)
1988–89 schedule


1989 playoff game log
First round: 0–3 (Home: 0–1; Road: 0–2)
1989 schedule


West First Round

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Portland Trail Blazers: Lakers win series 3-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1985 Western Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles won 4-1)

Player statistics

  GPGames 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



Awards and honors


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