How LaMarcus Aldridge Will Help Spurs If They Landed Him?

By George Middleton

I will start this article by stating that LaMarcus Aldridge is one of the best players in the league. Aldridge has made four consecutive all-star games and a two time member of the All-NBA third team.

This past season Aldridge averaged 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds leading the Portland Trail Blazers

Apr 22, 2015; Memphis, TN, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies in game two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies beat Portland Trail Blazers 97 – 82 Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

to a 51-31 record alongside star guard Damian Lillard. Aldridge has averaged at least 21 points in the past five seasons.

In the playoffs Aldridge averaged 21.8 points and 11.2 rebounds, but he only shot 33% from the field. Lower efficiency was expected as the Trail Blazers were without their third leading scorer, Wesley Matthews all series. Arron Afflalo missed the first two games and Dorrell Wright was out all series as well. The Memphis Grizzlies keyed in on Aldridge and Lillard all series.

If the Spurs land Aldridge it will be on a max contract no question. How will Aldridge help the Spurs?

Immediate Franchise Player Alongside Kawhi Leonard

With Tony Parker and Tim Duncan aging, the Spurs will get younger with their star power. Aldridge will be the franchise player alongside Kawhi Leonard, who is only 23 years-old. Aldridge is only 29 years old and he is certainly in his prime.

-“Go To Guy”

Kawhi Leonard is developing into a terrific two-way player, but has ways to go before becoming a premier scorer. Leonard averaged 16.5 points this season, but he isn’t a guy that can go and get 20 plus points when he wants. Duncan and Parker can’t carry a team anymore, Aldridge certainly can.

-Inside Presence

While Aldridge is certainly at his best while shooting mid-range jumpers, he still get lots of easy buckets inside. He is a terrific rebounder (10.2 rpg) and he is a decent defender. The only problem with Aldridge is that he doesn’t bend his knees a lot, it’s not a problem on offense however.