VIDEO: LaMarcus Aldridge goes off for the Trail Blazers in a win over the Thunder
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The season-high 38 points and career-high 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.
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