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
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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