Over the course of an 82-game NBA regular season, both players and their teams have highs and lows. The highest of those highs are recognized by the league in the forms of the Player of the Week and Coach of the Month awards.
Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts won the NBA's Western Conference Coach of the Month award for December, 2014. Stotts led Portland to a 13-3 record with the only losses coming on the road at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago Bulls, and Houston Rockets.
Guard Damian Lillard won the Western Conference Player of the Week award twice this season. The first came for the week ending November 16. In the three outings that week, Lillard led Portland to a perfect record while posting averages of 28 points, 8.7 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game. Lillard's second award came for during the week ending March 1. Lillard recorded averages of 26 points, 5.7 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game while leading his team to a perfect 3-0 week.
LaMarcus Aldridge also won the Western Conference Player of the Week award twice this season. During the week ending December 7, Aldridge recorded averages of 27 points and 11.7 rebounds per game while leading Portland to 3 wins without a loss. His performance peaked in the week ending December 21. In 4 wins against playoff teams--Milwaukee, New Orleans, and the San Antonio Spurs twice--Aldridge recorded averages of 26.3 points, 14.3 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game.
Aldridge has been named Player of the Week 8 times in his career. Clyde Drexler (10) is the only Trail Blazer to exceed Aldridge's total.
Opinions on individual awards depend on one's perspective. Some see them as a confirmation of stardom. Others suggest they pale in comparison to team success. Both arguments are valid. Either way, one thing remains true. It's always better to have them than not. The Trail Blazers proved themselves worthy multiple of accolades this season. No matter which way you slice it, that's good for the individuals involved and their fans.