Lowe: Aldridge's Post Efficiency Improved Dramatically in 2011-12
By caseyholdahl Posted in: LaMarcusAldridge
The knock on LaMarcus Aldridge has always been that, while he's a talented big man, he doesn't spend enough time in the post. Aldridge has proven to be an highly effective offensive weapon, though some have argued that, for Portland to be successful, Aldridge has to get more of his points in the paint.
Which is why it's good news that Aldridge, according to Zach Lowe of SI.com
, improved his post-up scoring efficiency dramatically during the 2011-12 season:
Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge made a giant leap in post-up efficiency last season, climbing from No. 39 (out of 73) in points per possession in 2010-11 to No. 7. Aldridge managed that based almost entirely on a higher shooting percentage, which is both encouraging and worrisome. He shot a spectacular 49 percent from the post last season, up from a run-of-the-mill 41 percent in 2010-11. That’s encouraging because 49 is bigger than 41 (analysis!) and could reflect his work in getting closer to the rim. It’s worrisome because Aldridge actually earned fewer foul shots on his post-up plays last season. Which trend is most sustainable?
Let's hope it's the former. Aldridge is probably never going to be your Karl Malone-esque banger, but that doesn't mean he can't get a great post player, especially in today's NBA.