The first two comments for the RealGM blurb announcing Cole Aldrich signed with the Knicks rank a 10 on the snarkometer.
Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:02 PM
Yay!!! Bringing the whole D-League to training camp!!!
Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:08 PM
Chris Dudley is back folks
Perhaps there’s some merit to these comments. Aldrich has found himself on three different teams in just three seasons. He’s played in 89 total games, but only managed 703 minutes of game time. An NBA starter will hit 703 minutes in about 25 games, not 89. Hence Aldrich’s coaches have thought so little of that he’s seen more trash than Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez.
But something happened on my way to the jokefest: I looked at Aldrich’s stats. True shooting percentage of 56.9%, 10.4 rebounds per 36 minutes, and 2.4 blocked shots per 36 minutes. Those numbers are … ummm … good. So for fun I ran his similarity scores:
No Dwight Howard or Yao Ming aren’t appearing on this list, but this group is far from Olowokandiland. There are some decent centers on this list, guys that could give a team 20 or so minutes a night or become full time starters.
Granted Aldrich has his limitations. His meager points scored (9.0 pts/36) and shot chart show that he’s not going to score outside of an arm’s length of the basket. And you have to wonder why someone who is 6-11, 245lbs, and can do more than walk the length of a court has been passed over by just about every NBA team.
It seems that the last few years Knick fans have hoped that New York can provide an adequate backup for the oft-banged up Tyson Chandler. Such a reserve might keep Tyson healthy for the games that count in May and June. The current roster alignment has Chandler backed up by Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani, two players that are often injured and have as much in common with Chandler as yours truly. After them it’s Kenyon Martin, a 36 year old 6-9 power forward who can masquerade as a center in the 2014 NBA, and Jeremy Tyler a 22 year old who is still wiping off the D-League afterbirth off his skin.
But Aldrich’s skillset doesn’t seem to be much different than the Knicks current center, albeit at a lesser proficiency. The closest match on the current roster is Tyler, but Jeremy has a TS% of 43.9% in his NBA career. Aldrich seems to be a better finisher, which means in theory the offensive philosophy can stay the same when Cole comes in for Tyson. It’s not likely that Aldrich will turn into the next Omer Asik or Marcin Gortat. However it reasons that Aldrich can substitute in for Tyson Chandler without a major change in philosophy. And if that’s true, then using Aldrich more during the season might make Chandler more productive during the playoffs.