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WHY IS ALDRIDGE STILL TOP 5 PICK

Does anyone really think this guy is going to go top 5 let alone top 10....No team with that postion in the lottery is going to pick an unathletic white guy with average skillset


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Who are you talking about???

Who are you talking about???

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Are you talking about Cole

Are you talking about Cole Aldrich? He is average athletically but he's a true center with a solid post game, as well as a good rebounder and shot blocker. He's not a top 3 pick by any means but he is a solid top ten selection who should be a good contributor for someone. Similiar to Raef Lafrentz (who was drafted higher than he should've been).

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the only similarity between raef and cole is that they are tall white guys and played at Kansas. raef was more of a deep shooter and had a solid dribble drive game. cole has some midrange game but is more of a stay on the block-type of big man.

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its simple

hes 6-10.5 with a 7-5 wingspan with a big frame and solid shooting touch. you must have forgot about his dayton triple double.

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So you've never seen Cole

So you've never seen Cole Aldrich play....Is a great fundamental player, good FT shooting big man who has great length and shot blocking ability. He has put in great work with Kansas assistant Danny Manning which has paid off for him tremendously. Just because he is white and sports a crew cut doesn't take away from his basketball ability. He isn't unathletic either, yeah, he cant jump out of the gym, but he runs the floor pretty well and is in great shape. He has hit the weight room a lot this summer and has supposedly added some strength. Judging by the fact you don't even know his last name, I'd say you saw a picture of him and made that judgement. Watch him play, he's top 10.

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So you've never seen Cole

So you've never seen Cole Aldrich play....Is a great fundamental player, good FT shooting big man who has great length and shot blocking ability. He has put in great work with Kansas assistant Danny Manning which has paid off for him tremendously. Just because he is white and sports a crew cut doesn't take away from his basketball ability. He isn't unathletic either, yeah, he cant jump out of the gym, but he runs the floor pretty well and is in great shape. He has hit the weight room a lot this summer and has supposedly added some strength. Judging by the fact you don't even know his last name, I'd say you saw a picture of him and made that judgement. Watch him play, he's top 10.

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COle

hes talking about cole aldrich from kansas. check spelling next time that is kinda confusing. but hes big can rebound and play D. thats kinda enough these days. for some teams, like OKC thats all they need/want from their C

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Hah sorry about the

Hah sorry about the misspelling, thats what happens when you post hungover....I assure you I have seen *Aldrich* play....Ill admit hes a more intriguing prospect than Hansborough and maybe even Hawes...but in todays NBA athleticism and potential are two of the biggest things on draft day....Your going to tell me a franchise with a top 5 pick is going to invest in someone who has no great upside and is just a role player when there is someone like Warren, and Ebanks still on the board....The only team I could maybe see doing that is OKC for the reasons stated above other than that no one is going to spend a high pick on a decent player

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td8118..u must be new TO

td8118..u must be new TO THIS SITE..?.haHAHA.....daaam i thought u were talking about LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE...so u talking about cole from kansas..he's a top 14 pick..but not top 3..maybe in the 6 -14 range..he plays with his back to the basket..thats a lost art among todays big men...

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hes going in the lottery.

hes going in the lottery. dont forget how teams fall in love with size. thabeet was taken second for crying out loud

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Cole is solid

Cole is solid not a freak athelete but he is worthy of the pick to some degree because in this age where every 6'11 guy wants to be a small forward he really seems to embrace he fact that he is a true big. I don't think the guy will be a 10 time all star but I do think he will be a good building block for a lottery team. Top 5 is kind of high but lets face it there aren't that many centers out there he can't be any worse than Thabeet and he went number 2 like someone else mentioned so it's a bit of a gamble but sometimes you have to role the dice I guess.

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Good skilled centers are

Good skilled centers are hard to come by these days. Its all about supply and demand. Every team wants a young center to build their team around and there just aren't that many good ones. I think Cole is definitely a top 10 pick. Top 5 may be a little high, but he will be more than a role player in the league. He is a tough defender and not afraid to do the dirty work. He will be a 1.75 plus blocks per guy in the NBA, and is very good at getting position and keeping the ball up out of the reach of guards and smaller forwards that could potentially strip him. Yeah, I doubt Cole is going to be the next dominant center in the NBA, but I mean, Bogut went #1, Thabeet went #2, NBA teams need big men, and they are willing to pass up a Willie Warren or a James Harden this year, a Kevin Durant in 07' to gamble on a skilled big or legit center prospect. Cole is head and shoulders above any center prospect in this draft, so when a team who is set at shooting guard or small forward gets on the clock, they are gonna pick Cole, whether its at 5 or 10, or somewhere in between, trust me, its gonna happen.

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Oooooo...Aldrich

I honestly dont think he's worth a top 5 pick either, I think he has the potential to be a defensive role player. He has rebounding and post defensive skills (have you seen how long his arms are??) And if he continues to work on his decent (but ugly looking) high post/mid-range jumper I think he can carve out a Joe Smith type career. But he is too robotic and he isnt quite an athlete, and he doesnt have a true NBA post game so he isnt quite a lottery type talent to me. Top 20 though.

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yes hes unathletic but hes a

yes hes unathletic but hes a good defender because of his length and power, i hate him but i think hes an nba ready player nice post moves and good defense.

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I look at Aldrich as a less

I look at Aldrich as a less athletic Marcus Camby, even down to the fugly shot. I think he can have a similar career to Camby as a tough rebounder, shot blocker, and competent enough scorer to give you 10-12 per game. I think a lot of people underestimate him because he can't jump out of the gym, but playing 3 years at the highest level of collegiate ball is going to make him more NBA ready than a lot of guys. He dominated Hansbrough in a Final 4 game on the defensive end of the ball as a seldomly used freshman. He has potential, its just not the kind of potential as someone like Ed Davis, who can jump out of the gym, but he has the potential to be a solid defensive center, which is something a lot of coaches and teams want and need

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Cole

The guy can play. Just because he's not some super athlete, really doesn't mean much as far as production goes. The NBA is extremely thin on centers, which is why when a guy like Hasheem Thabeet comes out, everyone starts drooling even though the guy has tons of holes in his game and is going to get dominated around the basket save for a block here and there. The guy is definitely above average athletically though. Him being white has nothing to do with anything as far as I'm concerned. I think the advantage of picking a guy like him early is that one he is going to fill a need and two you are going to know what you will get at the next level. There are tons of lottery picks that never pan out, so why not go with the proven thing and a guy who's going to be a starter in the NBA?

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I've seen him play. And that

I've seen him play. And that was the day Craig Brackins dropped 42 on him. His ugly looking shot seems to go in more than half the time. He's a definite top 10.... top 5 im not sure.

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Marucs Morris guarded Craig

Marucs Morris guarded Craig Brackins most of that game, I'm not saying Aldrich is top 5 either, but he is a true college C, who can't defend out past the 3 point line where Brackins plays a lot of his game,...Marcus and Markeiff Morris guarded Brackins for most of that game, and He did torch those two freshman

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not the whole time...look at

not the whole time...look at the highlights...cole tried defending him..mistake. mistake for morris too.

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yeah, on help sides and

yeah, on help sides and such, he did a for a bit in the post too I guess,

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Brackins was on fire that

Brackins was on fire that game, I don't think there was much anyone in the country could do against him that night. I don't think that takes away from Aldrich as a defender. He is one of the best back to the basket defenders in the college game. He can get beat to the hole by faster forwards, but he doesn't over commit and get caught in the air that often, which makes him getting beat by quicker players less frequent.

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Give me length over athleticism any day in a big man

Aldrich has Kevin McHale arms. That doesn't lessen with age, while athleticism does. Some would argue that length IS athleticism.

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