LaMarcus Aldridge signed a 4-year, $84 million contract in the offseason with the San Antonio Spurs. Aldridge surprised a few people by picking the Spurs over the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Phoenix Suns.
Aldridge has been one of the best bigs in the game the past few seasons.
Apr 19, 2015; Memphis, TN, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) handles the ball against Memphis Grizzlies forwardZach Randolph
(50) during the game in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
He is the only player in the NBA to average at least 23 points and 10 rebounds over the past two seasons. Despite going to a loaded Spurs team his numbers should remain intact, making him a terrific fantasy basketball option.
In 2014-15, Aldridge averaged 23.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists. He was seventh in the league in scoring and tied for eighth in rebounding. Based off of these two categories alone he is a great fantasy basketball option. His assist totals can use improvement. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he averages 2.6 assists like he did in his previous two seasons before last year.
Aldridge is below average in terms of efficiency compared to other power forwards. He shot 47% from the field. The main reason is the amount of midrange shots he takes per game. He is a great free-throw shooter (85%). Aldridge also made 37 threes in 71 games, a good sign for his fantasy basketball owners.
Defensively Aldridge is average in terms of numbers. He averaged 1 block and 0.7 steals.
What to Expect from LaMarcus Aldridge in 2015-16?
Aldridge should have another fantastic season. The 30-year old won’t have the usage rate he had in Portland, but he will still have plenty of touches.
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Aldridge will put up around 21-22 points and grab his usual 10 rebounds. His assists should be slightly above two per game. Don’t expect Aldridge to turn into a defensive stopper just because he is on the Spurs.
Fantasy basketball owners should select him just outside the top-10.
Predicted Statistics: 21.6 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 bpg, 0.8 spg, 48% fg, 84% ft, 43 threes (82 games)