2. LaMarcus Aldridge
2012-2013 per-game statistics: 21.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 20,45 PER
Feb 12, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) is defended by Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 117-104. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The Portland Trail Blazers were surprisingly competitive last year and LaMarcus Aldridge was the main reason. This versatile forward is able to knock down the jump shot or work out of the post. Aldridge is a fine defender as well, contributing 1.2 blocks and 9.1 rebounds per game. Adding Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard last year was big for Portland, and they have added even more talent to the team this year: C.J. McCollum, Robin Lopez, and Thomas Robinson will all help towards a better record. The Blazers could be competitive for a playoffs spot if Aldridge puts in yet another good year.