LaMarcus Aldridge a pleasant surprise

Updated: January 6, 2011, 11:28 AM ET
By Seth Landman, Special to ESPN.com

It seems to be going largely unnoticed, but LaMarcus Aldridge has been holding the Portland Trail Blazers together of late (27 points and 13 rebounds in their win against the Rockets on Wednesday night). Considering the loss of Greg Oden, it was essential that Aldridge finally take a step forward in his game, and the result is that Aldridge is posting a career high in PER, even though he's struggled a bit shooting the ball in the early going.

Aldridge is, of course, also having ...

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