Thursday, December 26, 2013

LaMarcus Aldridge: The Best Underrated Player in the NBA?

For years, LaMarcus Aldridge's talent and production has been constantly under appreciated throughout the NBA. How does someone average the proverbial 20 points (actually 21) per game and 10 rebounds per game (actually 9 but close enough) and not get noticed?

It's blasphemy if you ask me; he's been a top-3 PF in the NBA for quite a few seasons and it's like he was invisible. Only basketball fans who watched the game regularly and kept an eye out for everyone knew about "LA" and after this article, I'm confident to say that LaMarcus Aldridge is going to become a household name.

Prior to the 2013-14 season, in the last three years of his career, Aldridge has averaged 21.5 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 2.4 APG, chipping in with 1.1 BPG and 0.9 SPG. Doing all that while shooting an               average of 49.9% from the field and 80.5% from the line and I fail to comprehend how he doesn't get the attention he deserves.

It is quite obvious that LaMarcus Aldridge comes up when the lights are shining. Three games in particular, which were in front of a national audience, Aldridge played like true MVP in. On November 23rd, he lit up the Warriors for 30 points, 21 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals. The biggest thing about his performance was that he went 16-19 at the free throw line. On December 4th, he made Kevin Durant and the Thunder look silly with his 38 point, 13 rebound, 5 assist and 2 steal performance. On December 12th against the Rockets, Aldridge delivered his best game of the year, scoring 31 points, grabbing a monster 25 rebounds, with 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

LaMarcus Aldridge has only two All-Star nods in his career and he will definitely get his 3rd this season. Aldridge should've been one in the 2010-11 season as well.

Other than Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge is the best Power Forward in the game with his all-around game. He has a hint of the great Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon in his game and that is a part of what makes him so good.

The move Aldridge pulled is one that Hakeem scored many of his 26,946 points on. Even though he missed it, he followed it back with a putback slam, being the tenacious rebounder he is (like Hakeem). 

Portland is one of the top teams in the NBA at this point in the NBA season and along with Damian Lilard, is slowly taking over the NBA. Aldridge is finally beginning to get the attention that he oh-so deserves.

If the NBA created an award called the "Best Underrated Player Award", LaMarcus Aldridge would certainly be its recipient.

1 comment:

  1. Great post, In one of my own posts i compared this season to Tim Duncan's 02-03 season (MVP Season), yes that season was diluted with sub-par players but having a similar season to a previous MVP winner and all time great has got to tell people something about L.A


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