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.