Are LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers Underrated?

By Shane Phillips
Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers are good. How good? Well, they have already beaten the Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder. They have beaten every great team in the NBA besides the Miami Heat. I just have to say it, I love this team. Why? Because they are a true team, who plays great basketball.

At 19-4, the Trail Blazers lead the West. They are second in the league in points per game, sixth in rebounds, eighth in assists and 16th in points allowed. That ain’t too shabby for a team who has struggled the last few seasons. Much of the success can be credited to big man LaMarcus Aldridge.

Aldridge and the Blazers put their skills on display against the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night and wow, was it incredible. Portland did everything right and played perfectly; there was nothing Philadelphia could do besides curl up in the fetal position and cry for mommy. The final score, 139-105. Just an incredible offensive performance from the Trail Blazers, who do not get enough credit.

Aldridge also does not get the credit or attention he rightfully deserves. Not only did he have 20 points, 16 rebounds and five assists agaisnt the 76ers, he is also averaging a double-double this season at 23 points and 10 rebounds. Heck, he might be one of the best big men in the game right now because he will do a bit of everything. I don’t understand why he isn’t mentioned amongst the elite of basketball, but he should be.

The great thing about Aldridge and Portland: the lack of attitude and arrogance. So many professional athletes and teams have this snotty and cocky attitude. The Trail Blazers are a group of guys who know how to play as a team and win. This team has the potential to go deep into the playoffs and maybe the Finals.

No one expected them to be as dominant as the Trail Blazers are. They have beaten great teams, slayed good teams and viciously battered bad teams. I know it’s early and there is about 75 percent of the season left, but there is something about Aldridge and Portland that will take them very far this season and in the years to come.

Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for Follow Shane on Twitter @Smphil01, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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