MVP Ladder: Aldridge On The Rise!



VIDEO: LaMarcus Aldridge goes off for the Trail Blazers in a win over the Thunder

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS —  The season-highs in points (38) and rebounds (17) rebounds against the Oklahoma City Thunder should serve as a shining example for anyone wondering what LaMarcus Aldridge is capable of as a first-rate NBA star.

Yes, this is his eighth season in the league. And yes, the Portland Trail Blazers’ power forward has been an All-Star and a player whose potential often inspired lofty comparisons to past power forward greats to have played in the league.

But this season seems a bit different, for both Aldridge and the Blazers, who as of this moment sit atop the Western Conference standings (ahead of the Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and anyone else projected to be a contender for the spot heading into this season).

Aldridge has taken his new place in KIA Race to the MVP Ladder this week as well, his rise a direct reflection of his game and how integral he is to the Blazers’ bottom line.

Thunder forward Kevin Durant takes over the No. 1 spot this week from Clippers point guard Chris Paul. LeBron James, Paul George, Paul and Tony Parker round out the top five.

Dive in here for more of this week’s KIA Race To The MVP Ladder!

15 Comments

  1. Aldridge has definitely been having a great year. But we can’t look past the way that Damian Lilliard is playing. He definitely deserves just as much credit for helping the Trailblazers reach the position and record they are at, at this moment int time. I simply cannot see the Trailblazers beating out OKC or the Spurs in the west as long as those teams rise to the occasion which they always do.

    I ssimply do not believe Aldridge is in the same contention for the MVP as Lebron, Durant, Paul George, and Chris Paul. These guys change the game for their team in every way possible. In my opinion, Paul George is playing like the MVP of the league and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. George was the most improved player last year and has lead the pacers to a great start to the season. I believe the pacers are the one team that has what it takes to knock the heat off in the playoffs. George simply will battle lebron head on and is not scared of him

    Will be interesting to see how it turns out.

  2. Joshua Greenfarb says:

    Chris Paul should not be in the top five, to begin with. He started the season on fire, but now he’s “regressing to the mean.” Over the course of a season, CP3 usually flattens out and gets a little ankle injury here and there. For example, James Harden should be voted over Chris Paul, with no doubt about it. I predict the Rockets will finish the season with a better record than the Clippers.

    If this keeps up, it looks like the Western Conference Finals will feature: OKC Thunder vs. Portland Trailblazers.

    Aldridge was actually getting “MVP” chants toward the end of that EPIC Thunder/Blazer game.

    The ONLY West team that can really match OKC is: Portland.

    But, Thunder will win the series, advance to the Finals, and probably will win it all. Then, they should try to add Carmelo and then will win it for sure next season.

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      We all know Golden State is not even close to being a West Championship team. Sorry, Sekou Smith, but your prediction is ridiculous. Warriors won’t even make the playoffs. Minnesota will probably take their spot. Kevin Love and Kevin Martin are All Stars, and they’re a good team.

      • Han says:

        GSW won’t win, I agree. But saying them will miss the play-off, I’d say you’re even more way off then Sekou :). They may miss, for sure, but I’d still give them better chance to make it than Minnesota.

  3. Just Not Biased says:

    & to elaborate…at this point, despite LeBron’s improvements from last season, he does not deserve the MVP. at least not more than Chris Paul or Paul George do. if the MVP was given out today, Im sure George would win. dont sleep on the Blazers, though.

  4. Just Not Biased says:

    Im guessing people are forgetting that this is a writer’s column…meaning it is an article, written by a (fan). Just as if any of us here in the sections were to make an MVP column. This has no factoring in the actual MVP offering…which is flawed in and of itself…

  5. Egyle says:

    17 rebounds is by no means a career high for Aldridge. He had 23 in 2012 but had 20+ earlier in this season as well.

  6. Game Time says:

    Aldridge has been playing incredible. I don’t think he’ll get the MVP this season, but that shouldn’t be a focus for him anyhow. He’s playing hard to get his team into the playoffs and who knows, they may even make a run for the Finals.

    • Sedare says:

      I agree. The rate they are improving each game is borderline exponential. Every time they are building on each game and using it to improve in everything moving forward.

      I mean look at Joel Freeland. Hes the BACK UP center, and even watching him, he is growing better game by game. Everyone just seems to have the right mind set. LMA most of all.

  7. Romeo Aguirre says:

    One of my favorite players hopefully the can make a run for it in the western conference if not then Aldridge to the Lakers

  8. cohagan14 says:

    ‘Back to back losses for an elite team’ where he has been ‘uncharacteristically average’ and he James still goes up to second? Ahead of the ‘ best player on what could be the best team’ who is earning his spot with ‘spectacular all round play’. So what does George have to do to get ahead of LeBron if even when he’s winning more games and James is playing averagely he can’t?

  9. cohagan14 says:

    ‘Back to back losses for an elite team’ where he has been ‘uncharacteristically average’ and he James still goes up to second? Ahead of the ‘ best player on what could be the best team’ who is earning his spot with ‘spectacular all round play’. So what does George have to do to get ahead of LeBron if even when he’s winning more games and James is playing averagely he can’t?

    • cuz some people are biased? I bet if the blazers or the pacers win 70 games lebron will still be the mvp lol

    • Game Time says:

      I guess we should just give PG the trophy now since the Pacers are number one in the east? They are only 3 games better than Miami and that’s not saying much at this point. Miami has been without Wade for a few games so that also weights into the ranking for James….but I can tell you’re just one of those people who can’t stand to see Lebron on top.

    • Johnny Richards says:

      Paul george is averaging 24 ppg 5apg and 3rpg. Lebron is averaging 26 ppg 6apg and 5rpg. His stats are obviously better and all of miamis losses are without wade so I would say he deserves 2.