Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 3/22/13
  J.J. Hickson’s latest monster game was a break from the mold. In the Trail Blazers’ win over the Chicago Bulls Thursday night, he didn’t record a double-double for only the 29th time this season. But what he did do was set a career high for rebounds with 21. Hickson is the eighth-leading rebounder in the NBA. He’s pulling down 10.7 a night. He ranks sixth in field goal percentage at .563. Only four players have tallied more than Hickson’s 37 double-doubles this season: David Lee, Al Horford, Dwight Howard and Zach Randolph. Of those four, only Horford wasn’t an All-Star this season. J.J. Hickson. The same guy Portland snatched up off the waiver wire last year. Yet somehow, this guy who is putting up 13-plus points and 10-plus rebounds night-in and night-out is being completely ignored in the discussion for the NBA’s Most Improved Player. Uh, ’scuse me? His scoring and rebounding are both up by more than 50 percent from a season ago, when he averaged 8.4 p...
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