The NBRPA mourns the loss of Dale Schlueter

July 25, 2014

The NBRPA mourns the loss of Dale Schlueter, an original member of the Portland Trail Blazers, who died of cancer on Thursday.

During NBA expansion in 1970, the Buffalo Braves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers were created. When these teams drafted players, the newly minted Trail Blazers selected Schlueter, a center, from the San Francisco Warriors.

Over the next three seasons, Schlueter was productive for the Blazers, averaging 9.5 points and 8.8 rebounds. For the 1971-72 season, he was Portland’s second-leading rebounder, averaging 10.6 per game.

Schlueter died surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was 68.