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Lowe: Should LaMarcus Aldridge Play 4 or 5?

Zach Lowe of SI.com investigates the question of whether Portland Trail Blazers big man should be playing the four or five next season by comparing Portland's lineup combinations last season. ----------------------- Small lineups 1,406.28 minutes 114.6 points per 100 possessions 106.05 points allowed per 100 possessions Big lineups 1,470.59 minutes 108.1 points per 100 possessions 105.5 points allowed per 100 possessions The huge leap in scoring stands out. With Aldridge at power forward, the Blazers were a very good offensive team — a borderline top-10 scoring team. With Aldridge at center, they morphed into the best offensive team in the league, scoring at a higher rate than the Nuggets (No. 1 overall in points per possession) managed in the regular season. ----------------------- He goes on to lay out the caveats against going all small, all the time. A lot of food for thought. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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