Continuing with his off-season rankings over at Ball Don’t Lie of the top 30 players at each position, Kelly Dwyer gets to the power forwards. Blazer LaMarcus Aldridge appears #11 on this list–down from 7th last year– and here is what Dwyer had to say.
Factoring in minutes and pace and efficiency and all that, and LMA has more or less been the same player since his rookie year. That might disappoint some who see the potential for stardom in him (people like me, who see those gifts and that length and wonder why he can’t do more with it), but if you’re going to get stuck in a rut, 18 points and a little under eight boards a game isn’t all that bad a rut to find yourself in.
I maintain that a lot of the Blazers success this season, will be due to if LaMarcus Aldridge takes another step in the right direction. It’s tough to really complain about LaMarcus, because he’s consistent. However, it’s that same consistency that brings along frustration because as Dwyer said, he has the potential to be a star in this league. On the other hand, this is a guy whose turned in around 18 points and 8 rebounds for the past three years straight. In an amazing stat (to me), the past three years he’s averaged 7.4 field goals made. The same number in three straight years, on 15 shot attempts. You know what you’re getting from him, but you wonder if he can push forward and take it to the next level.
My thought is…is this as good as it gets with LaMarcus? Is he going to be a Sheed-esque tease for the rest of his career? I don’t think so, and if the Blazers want to make some noise in the post-season they are going to have to hope not.