Name: LaMarcus Aldridge
Last Week’s Stats: 18.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 37. 5 FG%
Week 16, while featuring contests against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers, also featured LaMarcus Aldridge‘s third All-Star appearance.
Despite spending this past summer dealing with trade rumors and questions about his happiness, we’ve seen the forward establish himself as not only a go-to option, but a prominent figure in franchise record books.
Earlier this season, he became the third-leading scorer in in team history, and now his third All-Star appearance makes him one of just five players to participate in that many while representing the Rose City (Clyde Drexler, Sidney Wicks, Maurice Lucas and Brandon Roy are the others).
Unfortunately for Aldridge, his showing at All-Star Weekend wasn’t anything to write home about.
He recorded just four points and five rebounds in 13 minutes, and while his time was certainly limited, his 22-percent shooting didn’t do him any favors.
Luckily for the big man, it’s not the numbers in the game that count — it’s the fact that he was there representing Portland’s much-improved roster, and recruiting future Rip City stars in the process.
Moving forward, expect Aldridge’s accomplishments to continue racking up. He’s spoken about his legacy in Portland this season, and at 28 years old, he’s well on his way to earning another contract extension.
If that hope ultimately comes to fruition, expect his legacy to grow exponentially over the next few years.
The big man is already one of the best players in a star-driven league, and it’s his desire to win that will help him thrive on this revived roster.