|2006 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 2nd overall by Chicago.|
|2006 NBA Draft||NBA||Draft rights traded by Chicago, along with a 2007 second round pick (#53, Demetris Nichols) to Portland in exchange for the draft rights to Tyrus Thomas (#4) and Viktor Khryapa.|
|4th July, 2006||NBA||Signed four year, $18,832,907 rookie scale contract with Portland. Included team options for 2008/09 and 2009/10.|
|29th October, 2007||NBA||Portland exercised 2008/09 team option.|
|25th October, 2008||NBA||Portland exercised 2009/10 team option.|
|22nd October, 2009||NBA||Signed a five year, $70 million extension with Portland.|
|9th July, 2015||NBA||Signed a four year, $84,072,030 contract with San Antonio. Included player option for 2018/19.|
|2004 - 2006||Texas (NCAA)|
|June 2006 - June 2015||Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)|
|July 2015 - present||San Antonio Spurs (NBA)|
November 14, 2017
With Kawhi Leonard having missed the whole year, Aldridge has been the offensive lynchpin for the Spurs all year, a task to which he has responded. He has averaged 21.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 blocks per game, taking on a larger share of the load yet also shooting the joint-highest true shooting percentage of his career (56.5%). Aldridge is a reliable presence in the low post and the left elbow, and while the undermanned, over-exposed team has sometimes struggled to score around him, Aldridge is coming through whenever they can get him the ball enough. He is consistent, too, scoring double figures in every game, only once not recording a block, and only twice not recording an assist. A consistent 20+ points per game plus a healthy and reliable bevy of higher value extra statistics is of stand-out value at this price on a three-game slate.
June 29, 2017
PF/C, 6’11, 260lbs, 31 years old, 11 years of experience
His defensive metrics for defence around the basket in the regular season were amongst the best in the league, and while this is anomalous to the rest of his career, it is hard to be anomalous across 2,335 minutes. Elsewhere, Aldridge rebounded at the lowest rate since his third season and shot only a .532% true shooting percentage, down 33 points on the year prior. But the offence was about the same. A lot of points, a lot of jump shots, a lot of big green blobs on the left-hand side of his shot chart. Maybe that’s the problem; Aldridge has stuck to his game rather than diversify it, and for all the arguments about how putting away the three-pointer helped prime Dirk Nowitzki, no one is making them here. He should just take a step back behind the line. But more metaphorically, Aldridge needs to take a step forward. When Kawhi went down, he needed to step up and take the lead. He didn’t.
Player Plan: Two years and circa $43.81 million remaining, and should be in the building blocks column. He is instead listed in this one on account of the fact that he doesn’t seem to want to be.