LaMarcus Aldridge: A Perfect Pickup for Spurs

By George Middleton
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Apr 15, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward

Dirk Nowitzki

(41) guards Portland Trail Blazers forward

LaMarcus Aldridge

(12) during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Trail Blazers 114-98. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

I know what most readers are thinking, we were all told at one point or another that “perfect” doesn’t exist. The Spurs made the biggest splash in the offseason, when they signed LaMarcus Aldridge to a four-year contract. The acquisition of Aldridge will be everything Spurs fans can hope for, here is why.

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Aldridge is a four-time NBA All-Star, who has averaged at least 23 points and 10 rebounds the last two seasons. He is a Dallas native, which is the main reason he wanted to come to San Antonio. Another reason, the Spurs are the most dominant franchise in the last 15 years. The Spurs have won five titles and made the playoffs every season since 1998.

Aldridge isn’t only one of the most dominant bigs in the league, he is a team player that everyone seems to love. Aldridge spent the first 9 seasons of his career in Portland, where he kept a quiet profile, yet he was an elite player.

Throughout the years, the Spurs have had a bunch of guys that know their role and do everything the legendary Coach Gregg Popovich tells them to do. Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili have been the catalysts of the Spurs success in the last decade, but things are changing. The trio can still play at a high level, but Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard will be the focal points from here on out.

Leonard and Aldridge will anchor the Spurs, while Duncan and Parker take a back seat and wait for the playoffs to come around.

Aldridge won’t put up the huge numbers on a daily basis like he did in Portland, but he will take over when he needs to.

It’s a new era for Spurs fans, they no longer have to watch the ageless trio dominate games, Aldridge and Leonard have their back now.

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