The Portland Trail Blazers currently have a better overall record than the Miami Heat. Through 20 games, the Trail Blazers are the only team to beat the Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder which is incredibly impressive. However, without a certain power forward Portland would be struggling to stay above .500 this year.
LaMarcus Aldridge entered his eighth season with plenty of doubters to prove wrong. Not only had the two-time All-Star been rumored in constant trade talk; the Dallas native was reportedly upset with the direction Portland was going and wanted out — the key word there is “reportedly.” With young stars like Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews maturing before Aldridge’s eyes the seven-footer wouldn’t dare leave the state of Oregon so prematurely. Now, Aldridge is reaping the benefits of sticking it out with the Blazers as the 16-3 club looks more powerful than ever.
The Trail Blazers haven’t had an MVP on their roster since 1977-78 when Bill Walton won the award, yet Aldridge is looking to change that statistic. After a night of 38 points (season high), 13 rebounds Aldridge now stands firm as one of the front-runners for the MVP award in 2013-14. With nine double-doubles this season and 15 games of 20 or points, there’s no wonder why the Portland fans were screaming “MVP! MVP!” as No. 12 left the court.