The Natural


Born in Seattle, Washington, Brandon Dawayne Roy (sic) was born to play the game of basketball. After struggling with the ACT, Roy finally reached the score needed to play in Division I basketball. He chose college basketball over early entry into the Association and signed with the hometown Washington Huskies where he teamed up with Nate Robinson. After his junior season in 2005, Roy nearly entered the draft again, but realizing that teammate Robinson and the Huskies’ top recruit were both forgoing the 2006 season to go pro, he stuck around for one more year. The extra experience helped and vaulted his draft stock in the 2006 draft.

The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Brandon with the sixth pick; he was then swiftly shuffled off to the Portland Trailblazers. Still plagued by the “Jailblazer” stigma, Portland was desperate in their search for a positive makeover. Their team captain, Zach Randolph, was traded away and left the leader role wide open for Roy to grab. He did with great enthusiasm, earning Rookie of the Year honors. He carved a niche for himself as one of those beautifully weird combo guards that have swept through the Association like the Megan Fox infatuation. Excellent at handling the ball and running the offense, but too adept at scoring to be a true point guard, his game is similar to that of Dwyane Wade.

An all-around player, Roy would earn even more success and praise in the year to come. He was named an All-Star reserve for the Western Conference, behind in the voting to Sir Bryant. The Blazers were without their #1 overall pick, Greg “Granddaddy” Oden for the entire season, but still competed for a playoff spot with the excellent play of Roy. It was a disappointing season for the Blazers after they were in thick of things for the playoff hunt, Roy would regroup for the next season.

The 2008-09 season would be the most successful yet for Roy and the Trailblazers. Brandon was again named a reserve for the All-Star team, this time playing the most minutes of anyone in the game. Roy averaged over 20 PPG for the first time in his career, also averaging nearly 5 rebounds and assists per game. His success, teamed with Portland’s improving roster, led to a playoff berth for the first time in Roy’s career. Battling the Rockets for a grueling six games, the Blazers would fall short of their ultimate goal. With nearly the entire roster being young athletes who are loaded with talent, the sky is the limit for the Trailblazers and Brandon Roy.


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