Apr 1, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forwardLaMarcus Aldridge
(12) takes the ball up court after a collision between forwardNicolas Batum
(88) and Los Angeles Clippers forwardBlake Griffin
(32) during the third quarter at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports
LaMarcus Aldridge is a dominant offensive player. He has been for the past five seasons. Last season the 29-year old posted averages of 23.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 1 block.
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Aldridge is the only player in the NBA to have averages of at least 23 points and 10 rebounds the past two seasons. He has made four straight all-star games. The problem is that Aldridge was mostly recognized for his greatness by those that follow the sport closely. Playing in a small market like Portland, surely limited his image.
Aldridge is in his prime and appears to be showing improvement every season. He has been terrific since his second season of his career. Aldridge has averaged at least 17 points since 2007-08. Aldridge is now going into his 10th season and it is time to win a championship.
The furthest Aldridge has gone in the playoffs, was to the second round, when his Trail Blazers lost to the Spurs last year. This came after the Trail Blazers beat the Houston Rockets in six games in the first round, thanks to a Damian Lillard game winner at the buzzer.
The Spurs lost Marco Belinelli, Tiago Splitter, Aron Baynes, and Cory Joseph this offseason. With Kawhi Leonard emerging, the trio of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker still healthy the Spurs should be in position to win it all. I didn’t even mention Danny Green, Patty Mills, and Boris Diaw.
Aldridge has placed in the top-10 in MVP voting the past two seasons. Last year he finished seventh in the voting and in 2013-14 he placed 10th. Aldridge should put up around 20 points and 10 rebounds, on what should be a top-3 team in the West.
It’s hard to imagine that Aldridge will be an MVP with players like Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, and Stephen Curry competing for it, but it’s not impossible. I believe Aldridge will place in the 5-6 range of the award and most importantly he will lead the Spurs to a potential title.