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Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge climbs ranks largely unnoticed
Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge climbs ranks largely unnoticed

Perhaps the moment when Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge truly entered the consciousness of NBA fans was in the first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets last season. The Trail Blazers won in six games with Aldridge putting up back-to-back 40-plus-point games. It should have signaled an elevation in his NBA status as a player who can make things happen. But, here in the next season, Aldridge's prowess as a power forward goes unrecognized for the most part. He's rarely mentioned in the same breath as Blake Griffin, Kevin Love and now New Orleans' Anthony Davis. "To me, you have to look at LaMarcus as a franchise, cornerstone power forward, or player...

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