Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge is entering his seventh NBA season, and has turned into a pretty good player.
He may not be a perennial all-star, but I think that’s based on the log jam of talent at his position and not an indication of his play.
Aldridge has a career average of 17 points a game and 8 rebounds.
He’s average close to 21 and 10 the past two season’s and ESPN has him ranked as the 8th best power forward in the game.
In LaMarcus Aldridge’s mind, he a clear-cut number 1 option, and feels the Blazers should treat him as such and build around him, according to an interview he did with CSNNW.
“I think every team in this league feels that I’m a number one and that’s why they double-team me and they scheme me the way they do it,” Aldridge told CSNNW.com. “If I wasn’t a number one, teams wouldn’t double-team me and teams wouldn’t try to take me out.
“So I don’t think there’s no need to bring in a number one. This organization can do whatever they want to do, but I think it’s definitely good to keep putting really solid pieces around myself, Dame [Lillard], Meyers [Leonard], and J.J. [Hickson]. But I don’t think it’s no need to bring in a number one, but if they do, I’ll play my role.”
I say give him a shot.