LaMarcus Aldridge is a part of a small group of players in the NBA that can be characterized as big man with great shooting technique, high basketball IQ, solid defense and that can knock down shots and layups of the dribble. He has a great season with the Portland Trailblazers team that is one of the biggest surprises as we approach the 2014 All Star brake. In the latest interview with TNT’s David Aldridge he is discussing how important is team morale and a situation in which each player knows his role.
LaMarcus Aldridge on TNT
LaMarcus Aldridge MVP Level Season
Aldridge is averaging around 23 pts. 11 rbs. 3 ast. 1 blk. 1 stl. with only 2 TO per game and a solid 48% FG. This surely means that LaMarcus needs to be a part of the 2014 All Star in New Orleans and maybe have advantage before players like Blake Griffin, Tim Duncan, Serge Ibaka, Dwight Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Love and Anthony Davis. The reason for this is that he is a true leader of the team, produces great numbers each night and his team is at the very top of the league sharing the first spot with Indiana. None of the players mentioned above possess all of this elements like Aldridge is showcasing.
His Go-To Moves
Portland Trailblazers Team Chemistry
It is evident that everything fits as it should and there are no ego duels in the Trailblazers locker-room. One of the most important players in the rotation is Robin Lopez because he really helps Aldridge focusing on his offensive game. The reason for this is that Lopez is a 7’0’’ or 7’1’’ so he can compete against the bigger player from the opposing team and he is a player that doesn’t need many possession on the offensive end. The rest of the bunch is just living up to the expectations and it is really good for an NBA team to have PG like Damian Lillard.
It Looks Like Aldridge And Lopez Are Having Great Time In Portland
The Mastermind Behind Portland’s Success
Not a single person with a clear mind would thought that Portland will be the top team this year in the Western Conference. This happened with a quality off season strategy, which included a talent upgrade of the roster. Players like Robin Lopez, Dorell Wright, Thomas Robinson and Mo Williams were added. This was smartly organized by their old-school head coach Terry Stotts who has experience overseas as a player and was an assistant coach at some of the best organizations in the NBA like the Seattle Supersonics in the Kemp era and championship team of the Dallas Mavericks. He is a sport person that wants to compete, knows how to manage its players and has a very quality playbook especially for running plays on the PF position.
Talking About Portland’s Success In The 2013/2014 NBA Season
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