YOU MAKE THE CALL: Which young PF would you take?
Courtesy of BlazersEdge [via TrueHoop's Thursday Bullets] …
What’s Next for LaMarcus Aldridge
… time and again during the second half of last season — you remember the stretch when every home game seemed like a twenty point blowout — I was sitting there dumbfounded (as Brother Wendell and the Mercury’s Ezra Caraeff can attest), watching LaMarcus do things we’d never seen him do before: truly take over a game, glare at the opposing team’s bench after a big dunk in traffic, get in someone’s face and have that person back down first.
On more than one occasion this spring, I found myself thinking (often thinking aloud, spraying spit with excitement) that Aldridge is really not that far from becoming the single most entertaining Blazer in franchise history.
His combination of pure skill, hustle, length, determination and intelligence is arguably already unmatched.
The choice of this corner?
At the Power Forward position, in today’s NBA … there is no player in the game with more straight-up basketball talent than Josh Smith.
When it comes to this specific choice, he’s the player yours truly would take from this list … believe it or not.
If he’s ever fortunate enough to find NBA employment with [I] the RIGHT organization and [II] the RIGHT head coach, who knows how to use his numerous skills properly, within the team concept … still younger than many others realize … Josh Smith has more Capacity For Dominance, at the POWER FORWARD position, than any other, in conjunction with all three phases of the game [i.e. Offense, Defense and Rebounding].
PS. Alternate choices, as well as your expanded thoughts on the subject, are welcome in the comments section.