LaMarcus Aldridge Named NBA Western Conference Player Of The Week

Portland goes 3-1 on the week with wins over Indiana, Oklahoma City and Utah
by Casey Holdahl
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PORTLAND, Ore. (Dec. 9, 2013) – Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge was named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 8, it was announced today by the league.

Aldridge posted averages of 26.3 points (54.5 FG%), 12.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.50 steals in four games last week, including wins over Indiana, Oklahoma City and Utah.

He tallied 38 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals and zero turnovers in a Dec. 4 win over Oklahoma City, becoming the first player to do that since Shaquille O’Neal (3/14/94). Aldridge’s 17 field goals also set a career high, and are tied for the most by an NBA player in a game this season.

Today’s honor marks the fifth career Player of the Week for Aldridge, who also took home the award on the week ending Nov. 24 of last month. He becomes the first Trail Blazer to win the award twice in a season since he did so in 2010-11, and is the third player in franchise history to win it five times, joining Brandon Roy (5) and Clyde Drexler (10).

Aldridge is averaging 23.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.19 steals this season for the Trail Blazers (17-4), and is one of two players in the league averaging 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Boston’s Jordan Crawford is the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week.