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2010 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Cole Aldrich


Written by Paul Banks of NBC Chicago and the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2010 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Cole Aldrich


Position: Center

Size: 6-11, 245

School: Kansas, Junior


Strengths:
  • Fundamentally sound with his post moves
  • Knows how to use his big body to establish position inside
  • Soft touch around the basket
  • Nice mid-range game
  • Good free-throw shooter
  • Understands how to run the pick and roll, pick and pop
  • Great vision for a big man especially when double-teamed on the block
  • Long reach helps him rebound and block shots
  • Active inside on both ends of the floor



    Weaknesses:
  • By no means a "stiff" but lacks great athleticism and explosiveness
  • Footwork has improved, but there is still room for growth
  • Does not run the floor well
  • Very unorthodox shot form as he cocks the ball well behind his head
  • Limited ball-handler; the less he dribbles, the better

    Summary: I am not as high on Cole Aldrich as other NBA Draft sites are. I think he is a great college basketball player but I'm not sure how his game translates to the next level. He will be servicable as a pro, but not an All-Star. He should be the top center in the 2010 class and will certainly be a lottery pick, but how high his stock goes will depend on how NBA teams feel he can transition to a more physical, athletically demanding league.

    Player Comparison: Chris Kaman. Kaman is a solid complementary NBA player who brings the same sort of attributes to the Clips that Aldrich does at Kansas. Kaman is a crafty big man who uses his length and average athleticism to the best of his ability, just like Aldrich. Neither will ever be a 20-10 player as a pro, but should have successful careers.



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    Written by Paul Banks of NBC Chicago and the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
    All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




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