LaMarcus Aldridge guarantees Portland will make postseason

Oct 16, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) is defended by Utah Jazz power forward Andris Biedrins (11) during the second half of their NBA basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena. The Portland Trail Blazers won 99-92. Mandatory Credit: Jim Urquhart-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers were close to a playoff spot last season, but just missed out. Despite Damian Lillard’s Rookie of the Year season, Portland simply lacked depth to come out on top in the marathon that is the NBA regular season. After improving the roster this summer, LaMarcus Aldridge told Yahoo to mark his words when he predicted that the Trail Blazers will lock up the seventh seed in the Western Conference this year.

Several rumors this offseason suggested that Aldridge could be on the move, but he remains with the team and seems encouraged by the Trail Blazers’ moves. Portland had one of the better starting lineups in the league last season, but also featured by far the worst bench in the NBA.

The Trail Blazers did not re-sign JJ Hickson and instead picked up Robin Lopez, Thomas Robinson, Dorell Wright and Mo Williams, while also drafting CJ McCollum. With a significantly deeper roster, the seventh seed is certainly not out of reach for this team.

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    LA way to go with that LOW estimate for playoff seeding, I’d say the way this Team has played Defense pretty much shut down D all game long which is a total far cry from any year before, and we have the horses to do it. So I will say No lower than a 5th or better yet a 4th seed. LA really should just be traded, and I certainly do not agree where he’s at as the 4th best PF in the league. Doesn’t get DD Rebounds in every Game, which is why they call the position Power Forward. You cannot consistently rebound the Ball when you shoot 18 foot Jump shot’s.