LaMarcus Aldridge has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of December 2nd to 8th. During this span, he led the Blazers to a 3-1 record, with wins coming against such upper-echelon teams as the Thunder and Pacers, and the lone loss against Dallas as the result of a Monta Ellis buzzer-beater.
Perhaps more impressively, Aldridge averaged well over a double-double, posting averages of 26.3 points and 12.8 rebounds per game during the stretch. He also added an under-the-radar 3.5 assists per game, which is quite respectable for a post player.
His Eastern Conference cohort was Jordan Crawford of the Celtics. During the week, Crawford averaged 23.3 points and 6.7 assists, while leading the Celtics to a 3-0 record. They were the only team in the Eastern Conference to have a perfect record during the stretch.
This is Aldridge’s second such award this season, and it is certainly well deserved. A stat line of 26.3 points and 12.8 rebounds is impressive enough, but the competition he did it against is what really elevates his performance. Against the Pacers, the best defense in the league by far, Aldridge poured in 28 points. Against the Thunder, he helped the Blazers rally from an 11-point halftime deficit by ultimately finishing with 38 points, his season high.
The Blazers are in sole possession of first place in the Western Conference at 17-4, and Aldridge is a huge part of the reason why. They now begin a stretch where five of their next six games are on the road, starting in Utah tonight at 6:00 p.m. PST.