What 2 Watch 4 - Trail Blazers Vs. Grizzlies



LaMarcus Aldridge vs. Zach Randolph

Throughout their 44-year history, the Trail Blazers haven’t often been in the market for a power forward. Perhaps no other position boasts as many Trail Blazers greats – Sidney Wicks, Lloyd Neal, Maurice Lucas, Calvin Natt, Mychal Thompson, Buck Williams, Rasheed Wallace and two players in tonight’s game, Zach Randolph and LaMarcus Aldridge. Randolph held down the starting power forward spot for four of his six seasons in the red and black stripes, amassing more than 6,000 points and nearly 3,000 rebounds as a Trail Blazer. Now in his 13th season in the NBA and fifth with Memphis, Randolph is pulling down better than 10 rebounds per contest (10.7, 8th in NBA) for the eighth year in his pro career. But as accomplished as many of Aldridge’s power forward predecessors are, “LA” is in the process of cementing his place among only the most elite of competition. His eighth season has been nothing short of a career year, averaging his best numbers in both scoring (24.3) and rebounding (11.5). And Aldridge joins Kevin Love as the game’s only two players who rank among the NBA’s top six in both points and rebounds – two of the game’s most recognized statistical categories. And hardly any players at his position, Trail Blazers or otherwise, have put together the kind of stretch Aldridge has been on all this month, which included a new career-high 44 points against Denver just five days ago.

LaMarcus Aldridge

• One of two NBA players ranking in the top six in both scoring (24.3) and rebounding (11.5) this season (Kevin Love)
• Posting career bests this season in points (24.3), rebounds (11.5), and free throw shooting (82.4%)
• Scored a new career-high 44 points, including Portland’s last 15 points of the game, Jan. 23 vs. Denver

Zach Randolph

• His 10.7 rebounds per game rank eighth in the NBA this year and mark his eighth NBA season with 10-plus rebound per game
• Ranks eighth among active NBA players with 384 career double-doubles
• Played his first six NBA seasons for Portland, averaging 16.0 points and 7.7 rebounds in 387 games