One NBA blogger co-signs ESPN.com's ranking of Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge as the No. 20 player in the NBA.
How does Aldridge's value align with his ranking? Pretty appropriately. A great player and clear All-Star, he's still a notch below the league's top-tier big men and didn't show enough progression last season to say otherwise. There was thought that after a breakout 2010-2011 he'd ascend amongst the game's true best, but Aldridge might have peaked at what he is. Right or wrong, we'll find out soon given the talent surrounding him in Portland this season. LMA will carry the biggest nightly load of his suddenly seven year career in 2012, and it will go a long way toward determining whether or not he's the true franchise player this organization seems to believe he is.
Rankings for every member of the 2012-13 Blazers can be found here.
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