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Deveney: Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge Ranks No. 2 At PF Position

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Sean Deveney of the Sporting News ranks the NBA's top 10 power forwards. Portland Trail Blazers All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge checks in at No. 2 on the list, trailing only Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star power forward Kevin Love. ------------------------------- The skinny: As of now, it seems the only concern about Aldridge’s future is his hips. He had one surgery to repair a right labial tear and another on the cartilage in his left hip in 2005. Assuming he comes back healthy, Aldridge seems primed for a big year with the rebuilding Blazers. Scouting view: "They’re bringing in a whole lot of young pieces, but I don’t think it would be fair to ask Aldridge to do a whole lot more. Scoring 21, 22 points, that is his comfort zone. He can maybe average 23. He does not dominate the ball and he is a good passer. But he is so good in the high pick-and-roll and has expanded his post game." ------------------------------- Aldridge ranks ahead of Los Angeles Clippers All-Star power forward Blake Griffin, Dallas Mavericks All-Star power forward Dirk Nowitzki and San Antonio Spurs All-Star power forward Tim Duncan. Earlier this week, Deveney ranked Blazers forward Nicolas Batum as the No. 7 small forward in the NBA. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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