Up until this past season, LaMarcus Aldridge had become sort of an enigma for most Portland Trail Blazer fans.
He was always good, but he was never great. He showed flashes of brilliance, but couldn't seem to sustain that level of play over a longer period of time. He wasn't tough enough. He spent too much time playing on the perimeter and not enough time in the low post.
Everyone had an opinion, and most of those opinions centered around the perception that we didn't quite know what to make of Aldridge. We knew he had it in him to be good, maybe even really good, but no one really knew how close he was to reaching his ceiling, or how much more he had left to show us.
After Brandon Roy's injuries took him out of the lineup for much of last season, Aldridge was thrust into a new role as focal point of the offense. Surprisingly, though not to those who knew him the best, Aldridge thrived and finally showed us what we had been waiting for all this time.
Now that we have a better idea of what his ceiling is as an NBA player, and what we have a right to expect from him for the next few seasons, we can take a look at the different areas of his game and see how he measures up.