17. LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge is only two seasons into his San Antonio Spurs career and probably hasn’t won the hearts of many fans, especially after a poor performance in the Western Conference Finals and trade rumors floating around.
Aldridge has been far from a bad player, though. The numbers aren’t where they were with the Portland Trail Blazers (19.4 points, 8.4 rebounds in nine seasons), but 17.5 points and 7.9 rebounds is respectable enough from a very good power forward.
The two solid seasons from Aldridge probably keeps him this high, with the potential to drop since his numbers are falling. It could slide him below Willie Anderson or John Beasley but, for now, he remains afloat near the top.
The 2017-18 season will be an important one for Aldridge. Like Danny Green, he’s on a one-year deal, with a player option for 2018-19. However, the Texas product can make $22 million with the player option. If he has a season that returns him to glory, a multi-year deal could be on the way from the Spurs or another organization. If a poor performance happens, then the contract being exercised is a legitimate possibility.