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Lamarcus Aldridge

Professional Career.

Lamarcus Aldridge is the starting Power Forward for the Portland Trail Blazers. He 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 of 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. 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, 4th overall Tyrus Thomas and Viktor Khryapa, shortly after

Professional Season Averages.

06-07 Portland Trail Blazers. 63 22 22.1 0.503 0.000 0.722 2.3 2.7 5.0 0.4 0.3 1.2 0.68 3.00 9.00
07-08 Portland Trail Blazers. 76 76 34.9 0.484 0.143 0.762 2.9 4.7 7.6 1.6 0.7 1.2 1.66 3.20 17.8

College Career.

Lamarcus Aldridge Started the first 16 games of his freshman year at center before suffering a season-ending injury to his left hip with 6:57 to play in the second half of the win at Nebraska. He underwent surgery on March 1 which successfully repaired torn cartilage in his hip at the time of his injury, he ranked in a tie for fifth on the team in scoring (9.9 ppg), third in rebounding (5.9 rpg), second in blocks (24) and led the team in field goal percentage (.663). 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. 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.

College Per-Game Averages.

Year Team G Min FG/FGA 3PG/3PGA FT/FTA Ass TO Stl Blk PPG
04-05 Texas Longhorns 16 22.2 3.6/5.4 0.0/0.0 2.8/4.2 0.9 1.8 1.1 1.5 9.9
05-06 Texas Longhorns 37 33.7 5.9/10.4 0.0/0.0 3.2/4.9 0.5 1.6 1.4 2.0 15.0