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Pelton: Sean Marks Is Worse Than You Thought

Even though he is putting his best Basketball Prospectus stuff behind a pay wall and has started billing me by the minute for our google chat conversations, Kevin Pelton still brings the heat. Here's his look (subscription required) at the canyon in the key that Portland Trail Blazers center Joel Przybilla is about to help fill... --------------------------- Portland has outscored opponents with Camby in the middle (+2.0 points per 100 possessions) and has been especially effective when Aldridge slides to center in smaller lineups (+5.1). With Marks and Oberto on the floor, the Blazers have been outscored by 38.0 points per 100 possessions, a preposterously bad figure that has been enough to undo the good work by Aldridge and Camby despite the limited minutes played by Marks and Oberto. Besides the obvious upgrade at backup center, a healthy Przybilla will keep McMillan from having to use Aldridge in the middle so frequently. In part, Aldridge's poor shooting numbers may stem from the heavy minutes he has had to log on a nightly basis, often against bigger defenders. Aldridge has averaged 39.3 minutes, putting him sixth in the league. The return of Przybilla will not be a panacea, but a couple of points per game could be enough to swing some of Portland's recent close losses. --------------------------- A Basketball Prospectus online subscription wouldn't be the worst Christmas gift. Also, Pelton will be on hand at Powell's on Friday for the FreeDarko book reading, which you should attend! More on that shortly. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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