Aldridge A Quiet Star In Pacific Northwest

Portland Trail Blazers starting power forward LaMarcus Aldridge is quietly putting together one of the most productive seasons by an individual player in the NBA this season. The six-year pro has averaged 20.6 points and 8.4 rebounds a game to help spur the Trail Blazers to a 19-15 record and the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference playoff race.

Drafted out of high school with the No. 2 pick in the 2006 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls,  Aldridge has a smooth left-handed post game that includes an increasingly deft passing touch. In fact, folks in Portland are already thinking the league’s highest-scoring power forward could soon become triple-double material.

According to local reports, Aldridge has been dealing with a bothersome right wrist since early November and it has been a concern. However, he and the Blazers were able to exhale this week when doctors determined it was no worse a sprain.

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