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Eggers: Terry Stotts Eyes Expansion For LaMarcus Aldridge

Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune writes that Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts would like to see All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge do more from more places offensively. ----------------------------- "Dirk [Nowitzki] has expanded his game over the past four years," Stotts says. "LaMarcus can do the same thing. I don’t want him to become a 3-point shooter, but I like the idea of moving him around and swinging him to different positions. "He is already a premier post player, especially on the left block, with his mid-range pick-and-pop game. I’d like to get him on the right block some, use him at the free-throw area like Dirk." ----------------------------- Also on Thursday, Zach Lowe of SI.com chronicled Aldridge's post-up improvement last season. ----------------------------- Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge made a giant leap in post-up efficiency last season, climbing from No. 39 (out of 73) in points per possession in 2010-11 to No. 7. Aldridge managed that based almost entirely on a higher shooting percentage, which is both encouraging and worrisome. He shot a spectacular 49 percent from the post last season, up from a run-of-the-mill 41 percent in 2010-11. That’s encouraging because 49 is bigger than 41 (analysis!) and could reflect his work in getting closer to the rim. It’s worrisome because Aldridge actually earned fewer foul shots on his post-up plays last season. Which trend is most sustainable? ----------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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