LaMarcus Aldridge Becomes Second-Leading Scorer in Franchise History

Aldridge Passed Terry Porter with 3-Pointer in Detroit
by Kris Koivisto

With a step-back, buzzer-beating 3-pointer against the Detroit Pistons, LaMarcus Aldridge netted his 11,333rd point in a Trail Blazers uniform, making him the second-leading scorer in franchise history. The basket moved him past Trail Blazers legend Terry Porter, who had held the No. 2 spot for nearly two decades with 11,330 points. Last season, Aldridge passed both Jerome Kersey (No. 5 with 10,067) and Cliff Robinson (No. 4 with 10,405) on the scoring list.

Porter, who recently rejoined the Trail Blazers as a team ambassador, was sincere in congratulating Aldridge on his milestone.

Aldridge began his career in Portland in 2006 after the Trail Blazers acquired his rights from Chicago on a draft-day trade. However, he started only 22 games his rookie season on a team that went 32-50, averaging a meager 9.0 points per game.

After Portland won the lottery for the No. 1 overall pick the following season, he was viewed as the third wheel of a Big Three that was supposed to feature Brandon Roy and Greg Oden.

The proverbial chip on his shoulder only motivated the former Texas Longhorn, who eventually became a three-time NBA all-star and is considered by many to be one of the best power forwards in the league. Aldridge is one of just five NBA players to have averaged 20-plus points each of the past four seasons, and has finished in the top 10 in scoring each of the past three seasons. Twice he has been named to an All-NBA team. Team reporter Casey Holdahl has more on Aldridge's career in Portland here.

Next up on the scoring list is Clyde Drexler, whose franchise record of 18,040 points stands tall atop the list.