Player Profile - LaMarcus Aldridge
SEASON HIGHLIGHTS BY THE NUMBERS
4 - Became just the fourth Trail Blazer in team history to rank in the top 10 in the NBA in scoring in multiple seasons (Geoff Petrie, Kiki Vandeweghe, Clyde Drexler)
20 - Led the league in games of 20-plus points and 20-plus rebounds (3)
40 - Established a new career high with 40 double-doubles (10th in the NBA)
To say it was a good year for LaMarcus would be an understatement. He finished the regular season averaging career highs of 23.2 points and 11.1 rebounds, along with 2.6 assists, 0.91 steals, 0.99 blocks and 36.2 minutes in 69 games, all of which were starts. His high level of play saw him ranked eighth in the NBA in scoring and seventh in the league in rebounding while shooting 45.8-percent from the floor and a career-best 82.2 percent from the free throw line. Aldridge’s impressive play made him one of only three players in the NBA to rank in the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding (Kevin Love, DeMarcus Cousins,) and helped him to join Sidney Wicks as the only other Trail Blazer player to average 23 points and 11 rebounds in a season.
In his eighth season as a Trail Blazer, Aldridge was selected to his third NBA All-Star Game making him the fifth Portland player to be named to at least three All-Star teams (C. Drexler, M. Lucas, B. Roy, S. Wicks.)
Aldridge’s postseason was even more dominant as he increased his scoring average to 26.2 points per game while earning 10.6 rebounds battling the likes of Dwight Howard and Time Duncan. His 46 and 43-point outbursts to open the first round of the Playoffs against Houston were instrumental in earning the Trail Blazers their first playoff series win in 14 years.