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LaMarcus Aldridge

29-Year-Old    C,PF    Portland Trailblazers

2013-14 NBA Stats

PTS

23.2

REB

11.1

AST

2.6

STL

0.9

BLK

1.0

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

LaMarcus Aldridge has established himself as a perennial All-Star, earning his third consecutive bid in 2013-14 on the backs of a career-best 23.2 points and 11.1 rebounds, while hitting 82 percent from the free-throw line, in 36 minutes per game. In addition to the elevated...

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HT: 7' 0"   WT: 235 lbs   DOB: 7/19/1985  College: Texas   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #2 Overall in 2006   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a two-year deal in July 2006 that pays $6.96 million through 2007-08. The Trail Blazers picked up the fourth-year option on Aldridge in October of 2008. Signed a five-year extension believed to be worth around $65 million in October 2009.

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Aldridge (groin) will sit out Fridayís final preseason game against the Clippers, the Oregonian reports.

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LaMarcus Aldridge NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2006-07 20 63 22.1 9.0 5.0 0.4 0.3 1.2 0.0 50.3 72.2 0.7 2.3 2.7 0.0 0.0 3.8 7.6 1.3 1.8
2007-08 21 76 34.9 17.8 7.6 1.6 0.7 1.2 0.0 48.4 76.2 1.7 2.9 4.7 0.1 14.3 7.4 15.3 3.0 3.9
2008-09 22 81 37.1 18.1 7.5 1.9 1.0 1.0 0.1 48.4 78.1 1.5 2.9 4.6 0.3 25.0 7.4 15.3 3.2 4.1
2009-10 23 78 37.4 17.9 8.0 2.1 0.9 0.6 0.1 49.5 75.7 1.3 2.5 5.6 0.2 31.3 7.4 15.0 2.9 3.9
2010-11 24 POR 81 39.6 21.8 8.8 2.1 1.0 1.2 0.0 50.0 79.1 1.9 3.4 5.3 0.3 17.4 8.7 17.5 4.3 5.5
2011-12 25 POR 55 36.3 21.7 8.0 2.4 0.9 0.8 0.0 51.2 81.4 2.0 2.7 5.3 0.2 18.2 8.8 17.1 4.1 5.0
2012-13 26 POR 74 37.7 21.1 9.1 2.6 0.8 1.2 0.0 48.4 81.0 1.9 2.4 6.7 0.2 14.3 8.6 17.8 3.8 4.7
2013-14 27 POR 69 36.2 23.2 11.1 2.6 0.9 1.0 0.0 45.8 82.2 1.8 2.4 8.7 0.2 20.0 9.4 20.6 4.3 5.2
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LaMarcus Aldridge – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Power Forward
Also Listed As:  #4 Center

1.  LaMarcus Aldridge

2.  Thomas Robinson

3.  Chris Kaman

4.  Dorell Wright

5.  Joel Freeland

Portland Trailblazers

True Shooting Percentage

50.7%

True Shooting % in 2013-14

In 2013-14, LaMarcus Aldridge had a true shooting percentage of 50.7%.

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LaMarcus Aldridge NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2006-07 20 63 36.0 14.6 8.1 0.6 0.6 1.9 0.0 50.3 72.2 1.1 3.7 4.3 0.1 0.0 6.2 12.4 2.1 3.0
2007-08 21 76 36.0 18.3 7.9 1.7 0.7 1.3 0.0 48.4 76.2 1.7 3.0 4.9 0.1 14.3 7.6 15.8 3.1 4.0
2008-09 22 81 36.0 17.6 7.3 1.9 0.9 0.9 0.1 48.4 78.1 1.5 2.8 4.4 0.3 25.0 7.2 14.9 3.1 4.0
2009-10 23 78 36.0 17.2 7.7 2.0 0.8 0.6 0.1 49.5 75.7 1.3 2.4 5.4 0.2 31.3 7.1 14.4 2.8 3.7
2010-11 24 POR 81 36.0 19.8 7.9 1.9 0.9 1.1 0.0 50.0 79.1 1.7 3.1 4.8 0.3 17.4 7.9 15.9 3.9 5.0
2011-12 25 POR 55 36.0 21.5 8.0 2.4 0.9 0.8 0.0 51.2 81.4 2.0 2.7 5.3 0.2 18.2 8.7 17.0 4.0 4.9
2012-13 26 POR 74 36.0 20.1 8.6 2.5 0.8 1.2 0.0 48.4 81.0 1.8 2.3 6.4 0.2 14.3 8.2 17.0 3.6 4.5
2013-14 27 POR 69 36.0 23.1 11.0 2.6 0.9 1.0 0.0 45.8 82.2 1.8 2.4 8.6 0.2 20.0 9.4 20.5 4.3 5.2
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LaMarcus Aldridge NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2006-07 20 63 1392 565 312 24 22 73 0 50.3 72.2 43 144 168 2 0.0 241 479 83 115
2007-08 21 76 2649 1350 578 122 55 94 1 48.4 76.2 126 220 358 7 14.3 561 1160 227 298
2008-09 22 81 3004 1470 605 157 77 77 7 48.4 78.1 121 234 371 28 25.0 601 1243 261 334
2009-10 23 78 2919 1393 627 160 67 48 5 49.5 75.7 104 192 435 16 31.3 579 1169 230 304
2010-11 24 POR 81 3211 1769 709 170 82 94 4 50.0 79.1 153 278 431 23 17.4 707 1415 351 444
2011-12 25 POR 55 1994 1191 442 134 51 45 2 51.2 81.4 111 150 292 11 18.2 483 943 223 274
2012-13 26 POR 74 2790 1560 670 192 62 91 2 48.4 81.0 143 175 495 14 14.3 638 1318 282 348
2013-14 27 POR 69 2499 1603 766 178 63 68 3 45.8 82.2 123 166 600 15 20.0 652 1423 296 360
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LaMarcus Aldridge NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2006-07 20 63 22.1 53.3 50.3 4.0 7.2 0.6 10.8
2007-08 21 76 34.9 52.3 48.4 7.9 8.2 1.0 18.5
2008-09 22 81 37.1 52.9 48.6 9.4 7.3 1.3 19.1
2009-10 23 78 37.4 53.5 49.7 10.2 6.6 1.5 19.6
2010-11 24 POR 81 39.6 54.9 50.1 8.8 7.9 1.1 23.1
2011-12 25 POR 55 36.3 56.0 51.3 10.2 8.5 1.2 22.6
2012-13 26 POR 74 37.7 53.0 48.5 10.6 7.9 1.3 22.8
2013-14 27 POR 69 36.2 50.7 45.9 9.5 6.5 1.4 24.9
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LaMarcus Aldridge 2013-14 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
May 17 at SAS                                
May 16 SAS                                
May 14 at SAS 40 21 10 0 0 1 2 10 21 1 4 0 0 0 10 5
May 12 SAS 32 19 4 0 0 0 2 8 16 3 4 0 0 1 3 2
May 10 SAS 39 21 12 1 0 0 2 9 23 3 4 0 0 3 9 4
May 8 at SAS 41 16 10 3 1 1 4 6 23 4 4 0 0 3 7 2
May 6 at SAS 41 32 14 0 2 0 2 12 25 8 9 0 0 3 11 5
May 4 at HOU                                
May 2 HOU 40 30 13 2 0 0 1 10 26 10 10 0 0 4 9 4
Apr 30 at HOU 39 8 8 2 2 4 1 3 12 2 4 0 0 2 6 3
Apr 27 HOU 44 29 10 2 2 4 1 12 23 5 8 0 0 3 7 3
Apr 25 HOU 43 23 10 3 0 3 0 8 22 7 7 0 1 1 9 4
Apr 23 at HOU 36 43 8 1 0 3 1 18 28 7 8 0 0 3 5 2
Apr 20 at HOU 45 46 18 2 0 2 3 17 31 10 13 2 2 7 11 6
Apr 16 LAC                                
Apr 13 GSW 38 26 6 2 3 0 2 11 23 4 6 0 0 1 5 0
Apr 11 at UTA 34 18 14 2 0 0 1 8 19 2 2 0 0 3 11 2
Apr 9 SAC 37 22 8 2 2 1 1 9 20 4 6 0 0 2 6 0
Apr 6 NOP 36 25 18 4 0 4 3 11 25 3 4 0 0 8 10 1
Apr 4 PHO 37 18 7 0 0 0 1 8 18 2 2 0 1 1 6 3
Apr 1 at LAL 33 31 15 6 1 2 2 12 20 7 8 0 0 1 14 2
Mar 30 MEM 33 28 4 0 1 0 0 10 20 8 8 0 0 1 3 3
Mar 28 at CHI 29 5 13 1 4 0 1 2 10 1 2 0 0 0 13 2
Mar 27 at ATL 32 25 16 2 1 1 1 9 21 7 7 0 0 5 11 2
Mar 25 at ORL                                
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Mar 24 at MIA                                
Mar 22 at CHA                                
Mar 20 WAS                                
Mar 18 MIL                                
Mar 16 GSW                                
Mar 14 at NOP                                
Mar 12 at SAS 21 14 4 1 0 0 2 6 11 2 2 0 0 1 3 2
Mar 11 at MEM 38 19 10 1 0 2 1 8 23 3 4 0 0 5 5 3
Mar 9 at HOU 42 28 12 0 0 2 0 10 27 7 10 1 1 4 8 3
Mar 7 at DAL 37 30 17 3 3 0 3 13 28 4 6 0 1 5 12 4
Mar 5 ATL 29 10 6 1 0 2 2 1 13 8 8 0 0 2 4 2
Mar 3 LAL 32 21 6 1 2 0 4 9 19 3 4 0 1 1 5 1
Mar 1 DEN 30 16 7 3 1 1 4 7 15 2 2 0 1 1 6 4
Feb 26 BKN                                
Feb 25 at DEN                                
Feb 23 MIN                                
Feb 21 UTA                                
Feb 19 SAS                                
Feb 12 at LAC 37 25 3 3 1 0 1 10 18 4 4 1 1 1 2 4
Feb 11 OKC 37 12 12 1 0 1 4 5 22 2 2 0 0 2 10 2
Feb 8 at MIN 34 26 9 3 2 2 1 12 16 2 2 0 0 1 8 2
Feb 7 at IND 40 22 9 1 0 1 2 9 24 4 5 0 0 2 7 6
Feb 5 at NYK 39 15 12 5 0 1 0 5 17 5 7 0 0 1 11 1
Feb 3 at WAS 42 20 10 6 0 1 1 10 18 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
Feb 1 TOR 36 27 15 1 2 0 4 8 22 11 14 0 1 2 13 2
Jan 28 MEM 39 27 16 2 0 2 3 11 23 5 7 0 0 4 12 3
Jan 26 at GSW 34 10 11 1 1 1 3 2 14 6 6 0 0 1 10 4
Jan 25 MIN 34 21 6 1 1 1 2 9 21 3 3 0 0 3 3 4
Jan 23 DEN 38 44 13 5 0 2 2 15 29 14 17 0 0 4 9 2
Jan 21 at OKC 37 29 16 2 0 0 3 12 26 5 8 0 0 5 11 0
Jan 20 at HOU 37 27 20 3 2 1 0 11 26 5 6 0 1 8 12 1
Jan 18 at DAL 32 30 12 2 3 1 4 11 18 8 9 0 0 3 9 2
Jan 17 at SAS 38 26 13 1 0 1 2 11 22 4 4 0 0 1 12 3
Jan 15 CLE 35 32 18 4 1 0 2 12 26 7 7 1 1 3 15 3
Jan 11 BOS 38 21 13 4 0 1 0 8 15 5 6 0 0 2 11 1
Jan 8 ORL 35 36 9 1 1 3 0 16 25 4 4 0 0 0 9 1
Jan 7 at SAC 39 24 8 5 0 1 4 8 20 8 10 0 0 3 5 4
Jan 4 PHI 37 29 14 3 0 5 3 13 30 3 3 0 0 0 14 0
Jan 2 CHA 28 10 15 3 0 0 0 5 13 0 0 0 1 2 13 3
Dec 31 at OKC 40 25 14 2 0 2 0 10 23 5 6 0 0 2 12 3
Dec 30 at NOP 39 28 8 3 0 2 0 13 25 2 3 0 0 2 6 1
Dec 28 MIA 37 22 7 4 0 1 2 9 20 4 4 0 0 1 6 2
Dec 26 LAC 40 32 10 4 0 0 0 15 31 2 2 0 1 3 7 4
Dec 21 NOP 38 18 8 4 1 0 0 8 24 2 2 0 1 1 7 2
Dec 18 at MIN 42 15 14 3 1 0 0 7 22 1 1 0 1 4 10 3
Dec 17 at CLE 37 26 15 4 1 1 3 11 22 4 6 0 0 4 11 3
Dec 15 at DET 43 27 12 2 0 3 3 11 25 5 6 0 0 3 9 3
Dec 14 at PHI 29 20 16 5 1 1 3 10 15 0 1 0 0 6 10 3
Dec 12 HOU 41 31 25 2 2 2 1 12 22 7 9 0 0 5 20 3
Dec 9 at UTA 34 24 6 4 0 0 0 10 18 4 4 0 0 3 3 0
Dec 7 DAL 38 19 13 2 1 0 3 7 16 5 6 0 0 4 9 2
Dec 6 UTA 29 20 15 4 2 0 0 7 14 6 7 0 0 3 12 0
Dec 4 OKC 37 38 13 5 2 0 0 17 28 4 4 0 0 3 10 1
Dec 2 IND 37 28 10 3 1 1 0 11 19 6 8 0 0 0 10 0
Dec 1 at LAL 36 27 9 3 0 0 1 11 19 5 6 0 0 0 9 2
Nov 27 at PHO 37 24 4 0 1 0 1 10 18 4 5 0 0 1 3 2
Nov 25 NYK 37 18 14 3 0 1 2 7 20 4 4 0 0 2 12 3
Nov 23 at GSW 40 30 21 3 2 3 5 7 21 16 19 0 0 6 15 2
Nov 22 CHI 40 12 6 4 3 1 2 4 20 4 4 0 0 2 4 1
Nov 20 at MIL 35 21 7 3 2 1 2 10 22 1 2 0 1 3 4 1
Nov 18 at BKN 35 27 8 0 0 2 4 9 16 9 9 0 0 2 6 4
Nov 17 at TOR 42 25 11 4 2 0 0 11 27 3 7 0 0 2 9 1
Nov 15 at BOS 34 27 12 1 2 0 4 11 18 5 6 0 0 3 9 1
Nov 13 PHO 38 12 12 1 1 1 4 5 19 2 2 0 0 3 9 2
Nov 11 DET 37 18 12 4 1 1 2 8 19 2 2 0 1 1 11 2
Nov 9 at SAC 35 22 14 3 1 0 1 10 19 2 4 0 0 2 12 2
Nov 8 SAC 36 20 7 1 0 1 2 10 20 0 0 0 0 1 6 1
Nov 5 HOU 36 21 5 1 2 1 3 9 19 3 5 0 0 2 3 4
Nov 2 SAS 38 24 7 4 1 2 3 11 17 2 2 0 0 0 7 1
Nov 1 at DEN 36 25 9 4 1 1 1 12 26 1 4 0 0 2 7 2
Oct 30 at PHO 39 28 4 2 0 0 2 12 22 4 5 0 0 1 3 2

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LaMarcus Aldridge: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Aldridge will attempt more three-pointers during the upcoming campaign, The Columbian reports.

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Aldridge has opted to withdraw from consideration for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, CSN Northwest reports.

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Aldridge was named to the All-NBA Third Team on Wednesday, NBA.com reports.

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Aldridge recorded a career-high 23.2 points and 11.1 rebounds, while draining 82.2 percent of his free throws, in 36.2 minutes per game during the 2013-14 campaign.

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Aldridge scored 21 points (10-21 FG, 1-4 FT) and grabbed 10 rebounds in 40 minutes during Wednesday's loss to San Antonio.

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Aldridge scored 19 points (8-16 FG, 3-4 FT) and grabbed four rebounds in the 103-92 victory over the Spurs on Monday.

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Aldridge scored 21 points (9-23 FG, 3-4 FT) and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds in 39 minutes Saturday.

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Aldridge finished with 16 points (6-23 FG, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in 41 minutes Thursday against the Spurs.

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Aldridge finished Game 1 with 32 points (12-25 FG, 8-9 FT), 14 rebounds and two steals in 41 minutes Tuesday as the Blazers fell to the Spurs.

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Aldridge scored 30 points (10-26 FG, 10-10 FT) and grabbed 13 rebounds in 40 minutes against the Rockets on Friday night.

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Aldridge struggled mightily during Game 5 on Wednesday and was only able to record eight points (3-12 FG, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks in 39 minutes of action.

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Aldridge led the Blazers to a 3-1 advantage in Sunday's Game 4 against the Rockets, posting 29 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and four blocks in 44 minutes of action.

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2014-15

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2013-14

Aldridge put up elite numbers in a strong 2012-13 season despite various injuries late in the year. The superstar forward posted lofty all-around averages of 21.1 points (48 percent from the field, 81 percent from the line), 9.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 blocks in 38 minutes per game. While his field goal percentage took a dip from his previous season (51 percent down to 48 percent), it was likely the result of shifting his offensive focus from the low post to the high post and mid-range area. This did not stop him from being a top fantasy contributor last season, however, as his incredible 81 percent free throw clip gives him a competitive advantage over other power forwards. With Robin Lopez replacing J.J. Hickson at the center spot for this coming season, Aldridge may see more opportunities to score than last season, which could increase his fantasy value even further. Being at the prime of his career, Aldridge is likely to continue being an elite fantasy option in all formats, as long as he can remain healthy.

2012-13

Aldridge put up big numbers for a second consecutive season, averaging 21.7 points on 51.2 percent shooting and 8.0 rebounds per game while leading the Trail Blazers in minutes played. He suffered a hip injury late in the season, but heís been pretty durable throughout his run in Portland. All indications at this point say the hip is fine, and Aldridge has been cleared for five-on-five work. At 27-years-old, weíre looking at an emerging star at power forward entering his prime years. Aldridge is the cornerstone of the franchise as it enters a transitional phase. There was a lot of roster turnover in the offseason, and no bigger change than at head coach, where Terry Stotts will takeover. Stotts is considered a great offensive mind in the NBA, and itíll be interesting to see if he can draw more production from Aldridge. Finding a center to lineup next to Aldridge will be a concern going forward. Aldridge had been anticipating playing with 7-2 Roy Hibbert, whom the Blazers signed to an offer sheet, but the Pacers matched the offer sheet to keep Hibbert. For now, teams can collapse on Aldridge, but heís very polished on the low blocks and has a mid-range game as well. Heíll find his offense, and the team will likely lean on Aldridge with rookie Damian Lillard expected to be the starting point guard.

2011-12

After three years of teasing fantasy owners with his superstar potential, Aldridge finally put together a monster season. The Blazers big man set career-highs in points (21.8), rebounds (8.8) and free-throw percentage (79.1) as the teamís primary scoring option. He also picked up his play on the defensive end of the court, averaging 1.0 steals and tying a career-high with 1.2 blocks per game. A rash of injuries to the Blazersí frontcourt forced Aldridge to log a career-high 39 minutes per game, putting him among the league leaders in playing time. With injury-prone players like Greg Oden and Marcus Camby expected to be on the roster again this season, Aldridge will once again take on a heavy workload. And unlike most of his teammates, Aldridge has been extremely durable, missing just six games over the past three seasons. Brandon Royís long-term future is now up in the air due to chronic injury problems, making Aldridge the new centerpiece of the franchise. At 6-11, 246, the 26-year-old power forward has the size and tools to be one of the better options at his position for years to come. Target him early in drafts with confidence.

2010-11

Aldridge has shown flashes of big-time potential in his first four NBA seasons, but really hasn't developed into the superstar big man some expected him to be. He's a good and efficient scorer (17.9 points per game last season on 49.5 percent shooting from the floor), but doesn't rebound (8.0 per game) or block shots (0.6 per game) as much as someone with his physical tools (7-0, 235) might. His free-throw shooting (a very solid 75.7 percent last season) makes up for some of those shortcomings, however. In years past, some portion of his fantasy value has come when he's filled in at the center spot, but with Marcus Camby re-signed and both Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla expected back this season, the Blazers are particularly deep (if injury-prone) in the middle.

2009-10

While Aldridge hasnít developed into a superstar yet, heís become a very good player, averaging 18.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.2 blocks last season. Heís just 24 years old, so thereís room for further growth, and it appears Greg Odenís presence wonít be a huge hindrance after all, as Odenís offensive game is extremely limited even when heís not injured. Aldridge has nice touch from the charity stripe, hitting 78.1 percent of his free throws last year, but for someone who is 6-11, 240, his work on the boards leaves a lot to be desired. Portlandís roster and offensive philosophy remain mostly the same from last season, and the one main addition of point guard Andre Miller should only create more scoring opportunities for Aldridge. If Oden were actually able to stay healthy and develop a low post game, it might cut into Aldridgeís production, but that scenario doesnít appear all that likely. Aldridge is a safe, if not overly exciting option.

2008-09

The Trailblazersí roster is truly an embarrassment of riches. Brandon Roy was Rookie of the Year and is already one of the most respected floor leaders in the league. Greg Oden makes his much-anticipated and microfracture-delayed debut this season. And no oneís talking about Aldridge, who happens to be one of the best young fours in the Association. Aldridge had an outstanding sophomore season, averaging 17.8 points, 7.6 boards and 1.2 blocks despite playing significant minutes out of position at center. Odenís arrival allows Aldridge to shift to the four spot, where he should be even more dangerous, using his mid-range jumper to shoot over defenders or his quickness to go around Ďem. And with Oden around to backstop the defense, Aldridge may be able to gamble a bit more on defense and rack up better block/steal numbers. One more benefit: Aldridge is on the slight side for a seven-footer and has missed 25 games due to injury in his first two seasons; the shift to the high post means a bit less banging Ė and could cut down on bench time.

2007-08

The second overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Aldridge was finishing his rookie season strong (14.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 52.9% FG in his last 15 games) before being sidelined by a treatable heart condition. Aldridge has returned to the court, though, and was dominant in the Las Vegas Summer League. With 2007 top overall pick Greg Oden out for the season Aldridge is likely to assert himself even more at both ends of the court and will likely be the team's go-to guy in the post. He still has a thin frame for an NBA big man, which makes him an injury concern, but with his length and polished post moves he has the talent to make his name known to the fantasy public by seasonís end.

2006-07

Aldridge is perhaps the most skilled rookie big man this season, and at seven-feet tall he has the height to grow into a legitimate NBA center. Unfortunately, Aldridge has a lot of physical development needed on his thin physique before he is ready to contribute meaningfully on the court. Currently he would get pushed out of his desired position on the block, and defensively he canít match up with the power of NBA big men. Also, Aldridge has just undergone shoulder surgery that will sideline him until after the season begins which will further stunt his development process. At this point he is probably not worth drafting in most league formats, unless it is a very deep and/or keeper league.

2003-04

Aldridge is quick and athletic with some nice moves down in the paint, including a baby hook shot. He has improved on his outside shot. His toughness and efforts down in the paint are major weaknesses. Although he has committed to Texas, he has declared for the draft. Because he doesn't have an agent, he is able to return to Texas if not drafted. However, Aldridge is still projected as a late first round pick.