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LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge1.jpg
Portland Trail Blazers  – No. 12
Power forward
Center
Born July 19, 1985 (1985-07-19) (age 24)
Dallas, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
League NBA
High school Seagoville High School
College Texas
Draft 2nd overall, 2006
Chicago Bulls
Pro career 2006–present
Awards 2007 NBA All-Rookie Team
Profile Info Page

LaMarcus Nurae Aldridge (born July 19, 1985, in Dallas, Texas) is an American professional basketball player with the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. He is a 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) power forwardcenter.

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Playing career

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 at Austin.[1] He declared for the 2004 NBA Draft but ultimately withdrew his name.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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NBA Draft

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.

Rookie season

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.[5]

Aldridge was one of six players named to the 2007 NBA All-Rookie first team; he tied for fifth place along with Toronto Raptors player Jorge Garbajosa.[6]

Heart ailment

During the end of the 2006–2007 season he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a heart ailment. He missed the rest of the regular season in order to monitor the problem and correct it. [7]

2007–08 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. [8] During this season, Aldridge had injury troubles due to plantar fasciitis, which caused him to miss games from December 11 to December 18, 2007. [9] After the time missed, Aldridge still had some trouble with the foot but was able to play effectively.

Personal

During the basketball season, Aldridge lives in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego. In the offseason, he splits his time between Lake Oswego and his hometown of Dallas, Texas.[10] In April 2009, Aldridge's son Jaylen Lea Aldridge was born. Aldridge is separated from the boy's mother, who lives with the boy in San Antonio, Texas.[10]

Awards and honors

Career highs

NBA career statistics

Legend
  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

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Portland 63 22 22.1 .503 .000 .722 5.0 .4 .3 1.2 9.0
2007–08 Portland 76 76 34.9 .484 .143 .762 7.6 1.6 .7 1.2 17.8
2008–09 Portland 81 81 37.1 .484 .250 .781 7.5 1.9 .9 .9 18.1
Career 220 179 32.0 .487 .216 .764 6.8 1.4 .7 1.1 15.4

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Portland 6 6 39.5 .490 .250 .700 7.5 1.3 .5 1.7 19.5
Career 6 6 39.5 .490 .250 .700 7.5 1.3 .5 1.7 19.5

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