Aldridge with the Trail Blazers against the Wizards
|No. 12 – Portland Trail Blazers|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
July 19, 1985 |
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||Seagoville (Dallas, Texas)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|2006–present||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
LaMarcus Nurae Aldridge (born July 19, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Aldridge, a 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m), 240-pound power forward, played college basketball at the University of Texas at Austin.
- 1 Early life
- 2 NBA career
- 3 Awards and honors
- 4 NBA career statistics
- 5 Personal life
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Aldridge attended Seagoville High School, where he became a Parade All-American and Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) Class 4A Player of the Year prior to graduating in 2004 and attending the University of Texas. He declared for the 2004 NBA Draft but ultimately withdrew his name. According to one report, Aldridge's initial decision to attend college rather than entering the pro ranks directly from high school was influenced by Shaquille O'Neal's personal advice that he should go to college and then evaluate his NBA prospects. However, in April 2006, near the end of his second year at UT, Aldridge announced that he would leave college to enter the 2006 NBA Draft.
College awards and honors
- NABC All-American Third Team (2006)
- Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year (2006)
- All-Big 12 First Team (2006)
- Big-12 All-Defensive Team (2006)
Portland Trail Blazers
Aldridge was drafted 2nd overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls, only to have his draft rights traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for their pick, Tyrus Thomas, and Viktor Khryapa, shortly after. The Bulls acquired the pick from the New York Knicks in the 2005 Eddy Curry trade.
Aldridge missed the first seven games of the 2006–07 NBA season due to off-season shoulder surgery, but returned ahead of schedule due in part to an injury to fellow rookie teammate Brandon Roy. Aldridge made an immediate impact on offense, averaging 8.4 points on 54% shooting from the field through his first 14 games. After the loss of starting center, Joel Przybilla, in February 2007 to season-ending knee surgery, Aldridge was awarded the starting center position and improved his scoring to 14.7 points alongside 8.0 rebounds per game in the month of March. This placed him second in the voting for the Western Conference Rookie of the Month to Roy. On March 31, 2007, in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers, Aldridge was taken to Providence Hospital in Portland for shortness of breath and irregular heartbeat. He was diagnosed with Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome on April 9, 2007, and missed the remaining eight games of the 2006–07 season. Aldridge started 22 games his rookie season.
Aldridge increased his play in his sophomore year, with career highs in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals, and finished third in voting for the Most Improved Player award. During this season, Aldridge had injury troubles due to plantar fasciitis, which caused him to miss games from December 11 to December 18, 2007. After the time missed, Aldridge still had some trouble with the foot but was able to play effectively.
LaMarcus Aldridge played inconsistently to start the season, adjusting to more defensive pressure. He called the first 15 games "the worst funk" of his life. Aldridge improved as the season went on:
Aldridge developed his offensive game over the course of the season, still relying heavily on his midrange fade away shot. He finished the season averaging 18.1 points and 7.5 rebounds. Aldridge scored over 20 points in half of the last 28 games of the season. For his first time in the league Aldridge nearly played a full season, missing only one game.
In late October, Aldridge signed a five year, $65 million contract extension with Portland. Before committing to Aldridge, the Trail Blazers finalized a five year, $80 million deal with All-Star Brandon Roy.
Aldridge put up similar numbers to the previous season. Early in December Greg Oden suffered a season-ending injury. Aldridge received more minutes and offensive opportunities as a result.
Aldridge further emerged as a player and a leader in December 2010 after Brandon Roy was out due to knee problems. Aldridge was awarded the NBA Player of the Week twice, for January 17–23 and February 7–13. He scored a career-high 42 points against the Chicago Bulls on February 7, 2011. On March 2, Aldridge received his first NBA Player of the Month award. Aldridge is only the third Trail Blazer to do so, along with Clyde Drexler (1991) and Kelvin Ransey (1981). Aldridge came second in voting for the Most Improved Player award behind Kevin Love. LaMarcus Aldridge was voted to the All-NBA Third Team with 135 votes.
Due to the lockout, the 2011-2012 NBA season didn't start until Christmas Day 2011. Blazer fans were hopeful that the three players advertised in their "Rise With Us" promotional campaign (Aldridge, Roy and Greg Oden) would finally have a chance to play together for a "full" season. Those plans evaporated when Roy, who suffers from chronic knee problems due to the lack of cartilage in them, retired and Oden, who had only played in 82 games in the past four seasons, had yet another setback in his effort to rehabilitate his knees. This left Aldridge as being the team's leader and captain. The team and many Blazer fans were upset that the "send LA to LA" program had failed to get Aldridge named to the Western Conference all-star team in 2011; the game was played in Los Angeles and Aldridge's nickname is "L-A", hence the promotion. However, Aldridge was named as a reserve on the Western Conference all-star team in 2012.
On November 12, 2012, Aldridge recorded a career high 8 assists in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. In 2013, Aldridge was named an All-Star for the second time in his career. He averaged 21.1 points per game, a career high 9.1 rebounds per game and also recorded a career high 2.6 assists per game in 37.7 minutes per game. The Trail Blazers went 33-49 and missed the playoffs for the second straight year.
Despite trade rumors during the 2013 offseason, Aldridge voiced his desire to stay put in Portland, while also asking for improvements to the Blazers' roster. Aldridge started out his eighth NBA season strong, recording five straight double-doubles from November 9 to November 17. On November 23, 2013, in a game against the Warriors, Aldridge was involved in an altercation after Warriors center Andrew Bogut became entangled with Joel Freeland. On November 25, it was announced that he was fined $45,000 for escalating the incident. The very same day, Aldridge was named Western Conference Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career. The award came in the midst of an 11-game win streak for the Blazers, during which Aldridge averaged 21.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.5 blocks per game. On December 12, 2013, Aldridge scored 31 points and grabbed a career-high 25 rebounds in a 111–104 victory over the Houston Rockets, becoming the first player in Portland Trail Blazers franchise history with at least 30 points and 25 rebounds in a game. On January 23, 2014, Aldridge recorded a career high 44 points along with 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks in a 110-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
The Trail Blazers went 31-10 over the first half of the 2014 season, consistently staying near the top of the Western Conference through the first three months of the season, and making a push for a return to the playoffs. Alongside teammate Damian Lillard, Aldridge was voted in as a reserve for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, his third straight appearance. He finished fifth in the frontcourt fan voting, garnering over 600,000 votes.
Aldridge suffered a lower back contusion during the third quarter of a game versus the Spurs on March 12, 2014. He missed the next seven games, but returned in time to help the Blazers secure their 30th playoff berth and first since 2011.
On April 20, 2014, Aldridge recorded a new career high and franchise playoff high of 46 points along with 18 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks in Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs against the Houston Rockets which ended in a 122-120 overtime win for the Portland Trail Blazers. On April 23, 2014, in Game 2 of the Blazers' series against the Houston Rockets, Aldridge tallied 43 points and 8 rebounds. He joins Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Allen Iverson, and Tracy McGrady as the only players in NBA history to score 89 or more points in the first two games of a playoff series. Over the entire six-game series with Houston, Aldridge averaged 29.8 points and over 2.5 blocks per game. In the next series against the San Antonio Spurs, Aldridge struggled, shooting only 41.7 percent from the field, as the Blazers were handily defeated in five games. Ultimately, Aldridge had a career season in 2014, winning three Western Conference Player of the Week awards, and recording career highs in points per game, rebounds per game, free-throw percentage, defensive rebounds, and double-doubles.
Awards and honors
- NBA All-Star: 2012, 2013, 2014
- All-NBA Third Team: 2011, 2014
- NBA All-Rookie First Team: 2007
- Western Conference Player of the Week
- Western Conference Player of the Month
- February, 2011
- Points: 46 on April 20, 2014 against the Houston Rockets.
- Rebounds: 25 on December 12, 2013 against the Houston Rockets.
- Assists: 8 on November 12, 2012 against the Atlanta Hawks.
- Blocks: 7 on December 28, 2010 against the Denver Nuggets.
- Steals: 4 (6 times)
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
In the offseason, Aldridge splits his time between the Portland area and his hometown of Dallas, Texas. In April 2009, Aldridge's son Jaylen Lea Aldridge was born. Aldridge is separated from Jaylen's mother. Jaylen lives with his mother in San Antonio, Texas.
In 2007, he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a heart ailment. He missed the rest of the 2006–07 regular season in order to monitor the problem and correct it. Prior to the 2011–12 season, Aldridge once again underwent surgery to correct complications associated with his heart condition.
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- Fifty-Three Early Entry Candidates Withdraw
- Consensus Is That This Draft Has No Clear No. 1, Published June 27, 2006
- Texas' Aldridge declares for NBA draft, Associated Press, April 19, 2006
- LaMarcus Aldridge Update
- LaMarcus Aldridge – Portland Trail Blazers – Game Log – NBA – Yahoo! Sports
- Roy Headlines 2006–07 NBA T-Mobile All-Rookie Team, nba.com, 8 May 2007, accessed 12 May 2007.
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- "Player Stats: LaMarcus Aldridge". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
- "The Season in Review Lamarcus". Blazersedge. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
- Ford, Chad. "Source: Aldridge to get $65M extension". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
- Freeman, Joe (December 5, 2009). "Greg Oden suffers major knee injury". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
- "Notebook: Trail Blazers 111, Rockets 104". NBA.com. December 13, 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
- Notebook: Trail Blazers 110, Nuggets 105
- "Player of the Week: LaMarcus Aldridge wins first player of the week award". kptv.com. January 25, 2011. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
- "LaMarcus wins another player of the week award". oregonlive.com. February 14, 2011. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
- "LaMarcus wins player of the month award". oregonlive.com. March 2, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
- Quick, Jason (2009-07-01). "'Faith' keeps LaMarcus Aldridge confident he'll stay with Blazers". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
- "LaMarcus Aldridge diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome". The Oregonian. April 9, 2007.
- Blazers F LaMarcus Aldridge Misses Camp, Out 1-2 Weeks After Procedure On Heart
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- JockBio.com Profile
- DraftExpress.com Profile
- ESPN.com Profile
- Inside LaMarcus Aldridge