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Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at 5:41 pm  |  62 responses

Top 50: LaMarcus Aldridge, no. 18

The definitive ranking of the NBA’s best players.

by Dan Shapiro

This might be the biggest jump on this year’s Top-50 list. At No. 42 going into last season, LaMarcus Aldridge was a guy with respectable numbers and a ton of potential. The thinking was: He’s only 25, he’s got all this raw talent and he’s a big man—who tend to develop slower.

The Blazers agreed by putting up top dollar for him and Brandon Roy, in the summer of ’09. Locking him up for five years with a generous $65 million deal seemed, at the time, both hopeful and inflated for a guy who, well, could be No. 42 on anyone’s list of the League’s top players.

How easily we could be talking about him in terms of the inflated contracts that are characteristic of this lockout?

Instead, we find him this year at an elite 18-spot. The jump’s due to a deserved spot on last season’s All-NBA Third-Team, earned with career numbers of 22 points and 9 boards.

Beyond the numbers, we have a guy who stepped up into a leadership role with all the right intangibles of a team player. From all accounts, Aldridge works hard in the offseason, and for a young guy with a swollen bank account, he carries himself in a humbled and respectful manner. He’s a student of the game and the kind of guy who feels lucky to be in his position.

He’s playing his ass off too.

Entering into this year’s Playoffs, the LaMarcus-led Blazers seemed to be everyone’s favorite upset pick for a reason.

When he’s on the court he seems to be involved in every play in the vicinity of the basket. With Wesley Matthews, the now-traded Rudy Fernandez and Andre Miller, LaMarcus Aldridge was on the backend of countless ‘oops—a skill indicative of his feel for the spacing of the court and touch around the basket. That’s rare for a guy of his size and athleticism.

This year he became of those guys who had a presence on the court. It’s an element of a game that can’t be computed to a stat, but when you have to be constantly aware of one guy when he’s on the court—devoting double-teams to him, loosing your normal offensive rhythms—that, to me, defines an elite player.

These are the subtle skills that will help him continue to grow into a perennial All-Star. We saw a glimpse of the player he is this year, and at a fresh 26, you can count on some serious production out of the big man for years to come.

He’s doing this all on a team that’s out of the national spotlight. I lived in Portland and have experienced what it’s like in the Rose Garden. Every home game, there’s a Playoff-like atmosphere. Those fans have stuck by that team despite it skipping Kevin Durant in the Draft, and watching Brandon Roy, despite heroic efforts, appearing to be permanently limited by nagging knees. There’s a buzz in that city for all things Blazers that’s unique to only a couple of franchises in all of sports.

For LaMarcus, to be stepping up in that climate—in light of all that the franchise’s has gone through—speaks volumes to his character as a composed, long-term leader in one of the great basketball towns.

They’ve shuffled some pieces and acquired both Raymond Felton and Nolan Smith to come in and run their point position. Both of those guys (obviously the rookie Smith) are unproven but could thrive in that market, which is kind of reminds me of their respective alma maters UNC and Duke. Concentrated, loyal fan bases with patience and knowledge of the game.

Combine their potential with the emergence of Wesley Matthews, the return of Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby and they’ll, again, be in the conversation in the ’12 Playoffs.

There’s the looming question in Portland of the two fluttering franchise pieces: Greg Oden and Roy. Roy’s fall has got to be one of the worst in professional sports that didn’t involve a wife and a golf club. Roy was our No. 11 player last year. He didn’t make the Top 50 this year.

I’m not sure, Roy’s not sure, if he can contribute to the Blazers in any significant way this year.

LaMarcus Aldridge will. He’s at 18 in the Top 50. This isn’t a coronation. He’s still got to improve, and make his game, and that of the Blazers, more than just a first-round threat.

SLAMonline Top 50 Players 2011
Rank Player Team Position Pos. Rank
50 Luol Deng Bulls SF 8
49 Andrew Bogut Bucks C 7
48 Ray Allen Celtics SG 9
47 Marc Gasol Grizzlies C 6
46 David West Hornets PF 15
45 Kevin Martin Rockets SG 8
44 Andrew Bynum Lakers C 5
43 Brandon Jennings Bucks PG 11
42 Lamar Odom Lakers PF 14
41 Gerald Wallace Blazers SF 7
40 Brook Lopez Nets C 4
39 Joakim Noah Bulls C 3
38 Carlos Boozer Bulls PF 13
37 Kevin Garnett Celtics PF 12
36 Eric Gordon Clippers SG 7
35 Tony Parker Spurs PG 10
34 Andre Iguodala 76ers SG 6
33 Al Jefferson Jazz PF 11
32 Al Horford Hawks C 2
31 Stephen Curry Warriors PG 9
30 Tim Duncan Spurs PF 10
29 Josh Smith Hawks PF 9
28 Manu Ginobili Spurs SG 5
27 Tyreke Evans Kings PG 8
26 Rudy Gay Grizzlies SF 6
25 John Wall Wizards PG 7
24 Danny Granger Pacers SF 5
23 Monta Ellis Warriors SG 4
22 Joe Johnson Hawks SG 3
21 Paul Pierce Celtics SF 4
20 Steve Nash Suns PG 6
19 Zach Randolph Grizzlies PF 8
18 LaMarcus Aldridge Blazers PF 7

Notes
• Rankings are based solely on projected ’11-12 performance.
• Contributors to this list include: Maurice Bobb, Shannon Booher, David Cassilo, Bryan Crawford, Sandy Dover, Adam Figman, Jon Jaques, Eldon Khorshidi, Ryne Nelson, Doobie Okon, Ben Osborne, Quinn Peterson, Dave Schnur, Abe Schwadron, Dan Shapiro, Irv Soonachan, Todd Spehr, Tzvi Twersky, Yaron Weitzman, DeMarco Williams and Ben York.
• Want more of the SLAMonline Top 50? Check out the archive.

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  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Yes, I’m still heated my Bulls traded dude away for Tyrus Thomas.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Noway you can tell me Kevin Love is better then Aldridge. smh, this is a disappointment.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    ^ Bulls never would have drafted Rose though. Case closed.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Ryne, I know that’s the popular counterpoint whenever someone like me b*tches about the Bulls letting go of LA, but you can’t know that for sure though.
    You know the year prior to Rose getting drafted the Bulls went 33-49, they weren’t necessarily a horrible team, they were expected to pick 9th.
    So it’s not like a second-year LA on that ’07-’08 team would’ve lifted them out of the lottery.
    Of course if I had to pick Aldridge or Rose, I’d take Rose any day.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Co-sign nbk. No way in God’s green earth is KLove better than the same cat that carried the blazers to a 48-34 record and the playoffs without a healthy BRoy. Meanwhile in ‘Sota, the Wolves record since KLove was drafted is a sparkling 56-190. The gap between LA and Love is a sizable one, it’s a shame that Slam doesn’t see it that way.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    That sh*t cray, ain’t it J?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    In my opinion, SLAM has a tendency to ride with certain players that are more down with them than the usual player.
    Sometimes, the extra love is well-deserved (Allen Iverson, LeBron James).
    Sometimes, not so much (Stephon Marbury, Brandon Jennings, Kevin Love).

  • Heals

    nbk and JT21 let’s march, I could see comin’ once we under 30. But nonetheless I don’t want to steal LA’s spotlight. LA’s game is just nice and scary thing is he has numerous little touches he can add over the various summers to solidify his arsenal…

  • Heals

    killin it with the grammar on that one!?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Engimatic, fair point but I think it also has to do with name recognition and the fact that stats has a way of fooling gullible folks. I mean people look at KLove’s stats compared to LA’s and they automatically think he’s a great player but they forget that winning games is a huge factor when deciding on who’s great and who’s not.
    There’s no excuse for KLove’s team to lose damn near 200gms in a 3-yr span and lack of a good supporting cast shouldn’t be an excuse. Plenty of great players have been on terrible teams yet they find a way to make them competitive and at least in the playoff hunt.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Last season in head 2 head matchups Lamarcus Aldridge had 36 on 68% from the field, 28 on 55%, 37 on 62%, & 21 on 42%. That’s an average of 30.5PPG against Kevin Love. Good for what would be the league lead. And defensively, Love had 2 steals and 0 blocks in all 4 games. Aldridge averaged 2 blocks and 1 steal. Chalk that up to whatever you want, but I think it’s pretty clear that playing w/ or against Minnesota has a pretty significant impact on a player’s stats.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Love had a total* of 2 steals and 0 blocks. my bad

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    nbk, what kind of offensive numbers did Love put up against LA?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    19 on 47%, 30 on 66%, 22 on 40%, & 12 on 42%. (Love out-rebounded Alrdidge every game, by at least 5, for what its worth)

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I agree, JTaylor.
    Damn, 56-190, that’s horrible.
    Can’t believe dude made the all-star game.
    Wolves were 17-65 last year, in Love’s 3rd season.
    LeBron James took his team to 50 wins in his third season.
    Pau Gasol took his team to 50 wins in his third season.
    Chris Paul took his team to 56 wins in his third season.
    Carmelo Anthony took his team to 44 wins in his third season.
    Deron Williams took his team to 54 wins in his third season.
    Kevin Garnett took his team to 45 wins in his third season.
    Dwight Howard took his team to 40 wins in his third season.
    Kevin Durant took his team to 50 wins in his third season.
    These cats were all All-Stars last season too, and they were also drafted onto sh*tty teams, but they made them all better by the time they had been in the L as long as Love is now.
    But his team stay sh*tty…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Let me devils advocate for a second on Love(don’t know why I want to because I agree with you guys.) Kevin Love cannot be the only one to look at for Minni’s record. Put LA in Loves shoes his first 3 years in the L. He plays 25 mins, 28 mins(both coming off the bench) then finally last year is placed in the starting lineup and gets starter mins of 35 mpg. Do you really think LA is doing somehthing special in the same situation that Love didn’t do in his first 3 years in that situation. I think not. Should Slam put an untested big stats 3rd year player ahead of LA? No, but I see Minny’s record improving the next couple years as K-Love becomes a better player. In two years if the Wolves are still bottom of the barrel then at that point we should judge Love imo.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Lakeshow I think your making the mistake of applying the Timberwolves perceived improvement on Love. I bet (considering Love can’t possibly have a more productive season then he did this year) that Ricky Rubio, Michael Beasley, and Derrick Williams will have more of an impact on the Timberwolves record going forward then Kevin Love. In a lot of ways I see Kevin Love exactly how I see Zach Randolph. He’s productive, but he isn’t really the reason your team wins or loses. Aldridge was the catalyst to Portland’s record last season, he was clearly the best player on the court, and the driving force behind a lot of wins.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @LakeShow – how come Love gets five years to improve his team when all the players I mentioned did it in three?
    Another player I didn’t mention, Chris Bosh, led his team to 27 wins in his third season.
    Which leads me to believe that Love, like Bosh, won’t ever be a great franchise player, but a great second or third option.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    SLAM, I am disappointed. Z-Bo and LA below Kevin Love? Defense aside, how about winning? Honestly, Kevin Love is nothing more than a stat padder who brings nothing to a team that wants to win. I don’t want to hate too much on the guy but honestly, Minny’s team surrounding KLove isn’t as bad as their record indicates. I’m sorry, but Kevin Love is the most overrated player in the league. By far.

  • jadams12

    No seriously, having Kevin Love ahead of Zach Randolph and LA both is just disrespectful and disgusting. NO Way KLove is a top 20 player. Top 30, yes

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    nbk, I agree. So while we can’t put all the good that comes to K-Love and Minny as his doing, we cannot blame him and give him no credit going forward either. The T-Wolves will improve as a result of K-Love improving, and the new and better players they add in addition to a new coach. Enig, did any of those players come off the bench and get less then 30 mins their first two seasons? Just keeping it fair.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Lakeshow, excuses. Who’s fault is it that Love didn’t get into the starting lineup until his 3rd season? It’s irrelevant given the fact that dude made the all-star team his first season as a full-time starter. So he’s obviously good enough to warrant an all-star selection but not good enough to lead his teams to more than 20 wins. I’m not asking the guy to lead the Wolves to the playoffs (even though as an all-star, that’s his job) but at least win 30gms once in your career. Is that too much to ask?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Alright, how about Ben Gordon, who never made an all-star game, leading his team to 49 wins in his third season?
    Dude was never a full-time starter.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    No it’s not to much to ask JTay… Playing Devils Advocate remember lol. Wolves Suck! Love needs to do something about it in the next two years(like over 40 wins by then) to be a top PF. If he can’t do that then he should be tossed in everyones “useless stats guy” pile. Just think about the team he has though. Even LBJ, Bosh, Derron Williams, Dwight all had much better teams then the current T-Wolves in their first few years. Your right though. No excuses.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    A rookie in BGriff led his team to 15 more wins than KLove’s wolves. Apart from EGordon (who missed a 3rd of the season), the supporting cast around both guys isn’t that much different. Young guys are littered on both squads, the only difference being that BGriff was able to will his team to 15 more wins. There’s no excuse for the Wolves to be as woeful as they have been under KLove.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    You wanna compare Ben Gordons team to K-Loves team Enig? Go ahead, it’s kinda biased otherwise. If K-Love was on Memphis(like he was drafted to be) i’m not so sure they wouldn’t have made the same noise last year… Maybe not quite as good, but still a good team for sure. It’s all about who your surrounded by.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I’ll give you Deron Williams and Dwight Howard, but for those other guys I mentioned you should probably go back and look at the guys they were playing with in their third seasons.
    Granted, the L-Wolves are very young. I’ll give you that as well.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    JTaylor, Blake Griffin is much better than K-Love, that makes sense. But you say the for the Wolves “There’s no excuse for the Wolves to be as woeful as they have been under KLove.” They haven’t been “under K-Love.” Last season was his first to have full control of the team. And they sucked, but he was really great in allot of ways. I’d give him two more years to improve the team before you label him anything is kinda of my only point. Give him and the Wolves a little time imo before judging to harshly.

  • http://Slamonline.coM nbk

    In the same respect, give him time before you annount him a top 5 PF in the NBA. There is a reason Aldridge was voted 3rd team all-NBA and love was just the most improved player. One player helps his team win, one player makes his stats go cray.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Lake, you act like this is a Z-Bo/Jermaine O’Neal type thing, like Love went from 10 minutes per to 35 like those two did.
    Sure, he only started 22 games the year prior, but his minutes only increased by like 7.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Where did I do that nbk? I think I have him at 7.

  • Harlem_World

    Whoever said Slam show bias to guys they are down with is 100% on the money. No hating here – just call it like it is. K-Love has been tight with Slam personally for a long time and that elevates all he does in their eyes, over and above fair and even assessment. LA is simply better than K Love. You got to respect what Love does on the floor, he’s a throwback in many ways, but there is not a day of the month Love is getting picked up before LA in any type of basketball competition that involves a real 10ft hoop.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Lakeshow, apart from rebounding/3pt%/FT%, what other areas of his game is great? He wasn’t a great scorer (20.2) nor was he a particularly efficient one (47% is not great for a PF/C). He’s a terrible defender (.6spg/.4bpg) and an average passer (2.5apg). So apart from gobbling up every rebound in sight (even from teammates) and drifting on the perimeter too long, he was average or terrible at everything else.
    The guy will never be a great player and the only way the Wolves improve in the near future will depend on the development of Rubio/DWill/WJohnson.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Personally, if I were KHAAANNNN I’d trade Love for a more well-rounded player while his stock is this high.
    But he’ll probably end up re-signing dude to whatever a max deal will be when they have a new CBA.

  • http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Video-Don-t-tell-Kobe-Bryant-what-he-can-t-do?urn=nba-233572 nbk

    Lake, I was more or less referring to Slam. Who do you think will be rated above him at this point? Amar’e, Pau, Dirk, Bosh & Griffin at most right? This is obviously an offensively slated list, judging by history, and the people already on it and their order 50-18. ANd also, why does everyone think Kevin Love will get better? I think he’s going to be this good his whole career, great offensively and on the boards, horrible defensively, and will give spotty effort. I think you call a spade a spade, you don’t assume that spade will turn into a diamond if it doesn’t have any rough edges. atleast that’s how I see it. Love has no “room for improvement” – either athletically, or skill wise. Unless he just learns to give more effort on defense, which rarely happens to a guy this far along, if ever.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I feel your take on it Taylor. You named what he is great at, and I don’t disagree on what you say he is terrible at. Although I think he has a chance to be great which is where we would disagree. If he is putting up 20+ and 15+ on a contender how is that not a great player? Now he hasn’t done that yet, but if his stats translate over to a playoff team well then I think we would have to call him great at that point. He may be a slightly above average passer per his position also imo. Which would benefit him greatly on a contender. I dunno, I like him. I don;t think he is great now, but I feel like he get a little to much hate, but its more understandable when you see the reason why he gets the hate is because people are thinking he is better than he is.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    nbk, kinda thought that’s what you were saying but just wanted to make sure it was clear my position. Why do you think he won’t improve at all? I mean I ain’t saying he gunna be a diamond, but a nice piece of polished coal is in grasp isn’t it lol? He will improve in allot of ways just not athletically or skillfully. His decision making (don’t steal rebounds from teammates)overall ball IQ will improve. While his defense may never(Carlos Boozer we looking at you) but he will definitely improve in some facets of the game.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    If it is offensively biased(which it seems to so obviously be) then why is Z-Bo not the 3rd best PF? SLAM you make my brain hurt…

  • http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Video-Don-t-tell-Kobe-Bryant-what-he-can-t-do?urn=nba-233572 nbk

    Maybe he improves, but marginally. Will he ever be a guy that can lead a group of we’ll say “misfits” to the playoffs? Not in my opinion. Can he be the second best player on a title team? yeah, he could, it would have to be a terrific overall team (like Dallas) but yeah, that “could” probably happen this year if something wild happened. I already think he is a top 20 player, I just don’t think he’s better then LA, or Zach Randolph. He’s almost like the new version of Zach Randolph as I see him, i know i already said that.

  • Heals

    I’m glad to see many people feel same way regarding KLove and how stats can deceptively impact people’s perceptions of him as I do. We all agree he is an awesome player, but someone needs to derail the hype train. Also since KLove is kinda dominating LA’s SLAM spotlight (alomost like LA did Z-bo, c’mon SLAM I know Matic was fiending for more, but 2 PF’s on the same day. This is alot to digest) it’s only fair we comment about Aldridge (I can’t tyoe LA that many times in one day) all over KLoves #1 ranking in a couple weeks…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Agree with you completely on every point.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Lake, so you see him putting up those kind of numbers on a contender? It’s a whole different ball-game when you’re playing for a contender than it is playing for the Wolves. There won’t be enough shots to go around and his teammates will be too talented that it will limit his chances of grabbing 15rbs and avg. 20ppg. The best I can see him putting up on a contender is around 17/12, not bad but far from 20/15.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    No, but if he does then he will be great was what I was implying Taylor. Your most likely correct that he would do something more like 18,12,3(ast) on a contender, which would be a real good player. Dunno man, just saying in my mind he has a chance to be great if he can put up ridiculous stats on a contender. Have a good night Gents! I’m outtie

  • Shem

    Seriously, Kevin Love over Aldridge? He’s getting stats on a team that couldn’t even manage 20 wins. Teams are going to miss shots and on a team like that, somebody has to grab rebounds. His stats are similar to David Lee in NY. Once he gets those stats on a winning team, by all means rank him that high but for now.. come on SLAM

  • Jmac

    Me being a homer, you know I love LA. But I never knew the nation respected his game this much. I’d love to see what 4′s Slam ranks ahead of him.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    I know ZBO looks funny and is a bit chubby, but come on.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    ZBo has been doing it longer than LMA. cmon SLAM. just flip em. they could still be next to each other, just flip them. especially after that posteason Zeeb had

  • maxillious

    This is a scandal…sad,really sad.He played his ass off this year.He was the best Dirk defender in the 2011 postseason and still lead his team in scoring.Lamarcus is the second best Power Forward in the NBA and defensivly he might be the best.

  • Elliot

    ZBo all day everyday, he was teh one who put that Grizzlies team on his shoulders when the goin got tough. LA got nothing on him purely considering the growth and success of their teams. ZBo should be top 15 at least this year…Slam smh

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Just imagine Portland if BRoy and Oden would never have gotten hurt.. That would be a good deep team..
    Putting it out once more:
    1 Dirk
    2 LA
    3 Z-Bo
    4 Pau
    5 BG
    6 BO$H
    7 KLove
    8 Amaré

  • KH10

    In a playoff series I’d take Zbo every time, LA is a really good player with great fundamentals but Is a weak rebounder only getting 8.8 in 40 mins a game and doesn’t create his own offense the way Zbo, Amare and Dirk can.

  • http://sajkflf.com Jukai

    Real talk: If Kevin Love went on a contender, he’d average 17-18 rebounds a game… because he’d stop having to put up points.
    You guys reallllly hate Kevin Love. I know he shouldn’t be higher than ZBo and LA, but there’s no one else I’d put ahead of him. So he’s two spots misplaced. That’s not that bad.

  • marc

    I am a kevin love fan but there is no way he’s better then LA. I hope he’s next on the list because if not SLAM will be pushing it. lol

  • Truth

    The guy that is too high is Rondo, easily!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ZBo is too low. Way too low. Lamarcus Aldridge is nice, but no way he should be ranked higher than ZBo. He will be better eventually, though.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Enigmatic: Love gets five years because he’s been a bench player for his first 2.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Alrdidge defends. ZBo doesn’t. They also score at the EXACT same pace on the same amount of shots, at just about the same %. Aldridge just doesn’t rebound as well, but that’s usually because he’s actually playing defense.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Love played 25 and 28 minutes per his first two seasons.
    Come on now, it’s not like he was buried on the bench.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Let’s be real, if Portland called Kahn right now and said they would trade Lamarcus straight up for Love he would agree in a heartbeat.
    Portland would laugh in the T-Wolves face.
    With Love, who is very good, his offensive game isn’t currently built to dominate. That’s a problem in a League when your best player is counted on to carry your team offensively in some way.

  • Post scoring

    Aldridge played half his minutes as a speed center. Aldridge has Gerald Wallace Kevin Love has Michael Beasley and Darko Milicic.

    Look up their WS/48. Didn’t Carmelo have Nene and a certain Hall of Famer in his 3rd season? This is embarassing.

    Kevin Love Wins Shared 11.4 Wins in 2611 minutes.

    Aldridge? 3211 minutes only 11.1 Wins.Lamarcus is he a defensive anchor? A stretch 4? Couldnt coexis with Roy and oden… He’s a tweener.

  • ripcitystrobes

    I have watched almost every Blazer game in LA’s career and about 100 in person; I have also seen about 8 Kevin love games as well as high school games. LA is hands down a much better player. Roy used to run the offense, which is slow on top of Nate McMillans offense which relies on slowing the game down and being more efficient than the other teams (low turnovers, high free throw %, offensive rebounds, defense). Z Bo was also traded because the blazers drafted LA, which says something. Love is a stat padder, very good I would take him on my team, but never as a centerpiece to a championship team. LA on the other hand, has the potential to possibly be that guy, as Roy continues to decline, and as his post game gets better, he will be great. He also needs to work on his 4th quarter free throws. He added 15 lbs of solid muscle last offseason, the guy can guard out on the perimeter, fast guys as well as centers, and will continue to be more reliable on defense and rebounding. Remember, he plays next to Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby, and maybe Oden one day so there isn’t much rebounds available.. It was pathetic Love went to the all star game over LA last season.

  • http://slamonline 3kings

    solid pf. But doest have the range that love has or rebounding ability. get 20 and 20 a every game and then ur better than love

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