The Portland Trail Blazers have announced that LaMarcus Aldridge has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for the week ending on Dec. 8. This is the second time this season the Blazers forward has won the award, who also received the honor in November.
The release in part via NBA.com:
Aldridge posted averages of 26.3 points (54.5 FG%), 12.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.50 steals in four games last week, including wins over Indiana, Oklahoma City and Utah.
He tallied 38 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals and zero turnovers in a Dec. 4 win over Oklahoma City, becoming the first player to do that since Shaquille O’Neal (3/14/94)
Aldridge has been absolutely unstoppable this season, shooting a ridiculous 57.45% from his favorite zone, the left wing. He’s benefited from the Blazers spacing, who are a top three point shooting team.
There’s lots to say about Aldridge, particularly as a leader this season. As a more vocal presence, he’s emerged as a legitimate year-on-year All-Star, and as Portland has found success so too has Aldridge found more of a national spotlight.
The Blazers will have to take on the Jazz tonight, Houston on Thursday, and the 76ers come Saturday. If Portland can make it through with an undefeated record, Aldridge will likely be large part of it and he could be a candidate for the award yet again.