Brandon Roy is an American professional basketball player with the Portland Trailblazers. Born and raised in the Seattle area, BRoy spent his collegiate years leading the Washington Huskies with teammate, Nate Robinson. After playing four years as a Husky, he reached the Sweet Sixteen twice averaging 20.2 points a game in his last appearance. Fortunately for Portland, this led to a 6th overall pick that the Minnesota Timberwolves would trade for our overall 7th pick, Randy Foye (Who?).
As a rookie for the Portland Trailblazers, BRoy earned 2006 -07 NBA Rookie of the Year* and a selection to the All-Star Weekend Rookie Challenge. The R.O.T.Y.’s impact was felt throughout the league and the Blazers had faith that Roy’s presence would bring luck to the 2007 NBA Lottery draft. The Trailblazers won the #1 pick in the lottery despite only a 5.3% chance.
In the 2007-2008 season, BRoy stepped it up as a sophomore. BRoy decided to improve on his R.O.T.Y. performance by playing in the first 48 games averaging 19.7 points, 5.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds. This earned BRoy his first NBA All-Star game appearance. Although the Blazers would not make it to the playoffs that year, the team did improve to a .500 record.
In his third season, Brandon Roy has become the team leader in points, assists, steals and a consecutive appearance to the NBA All-Star game. The nation’s media has taken notice with this once troubled franchise being resurrected from the grave. For the first time in a decade, the entire City of Portland has turned over their trust to Roy for revitalizing BlazerMania (Okay, Pritchard gets some credit too). His patience and dedication to the Blazers and City of Portland has earned #7 the title of #1 Things About Portland That Rule.
*Due to injuries, BRoy played in the second-fewest games for a Rookie of the Year. Tied for first are Patrick Ewing and Vince Carter.