By Nathan Grubel @The_Only_Grubes on August 30, 2014
LaMarcus Aldridge will have some things think about going into next season. Here are the five biggest questions/concerns surrounding him right now.
Aldridge has made a living in the mid-range over the last few seasons as he has nearly perfected that shot. The only concern is that the mid-range shot is arguably the most difficult in basketball, and sustaining that success is not a guarantee.
Aldridge scored at a career-best clip last season, but that will be a lot harder going forward, as he will be constantly double teamed. Aldridge's days as the primary efficient scorer may soon be over after the season he put forth last year, both in the regular season and playoffs.
Aldridge has not been the best example in previous years for the Trail Blazers, saying before that he wanted out of Portland and did not want to be in the situation that he has been in. Can Aldridge truly put all of that behind him and be the good example the Trail Blazers need to succeed?
Aldridge has been a prolific offensive player as of late, but he will have to work on his defensive game if he wants to truly be considered an elite power forward. Aldridge is not a great shot blocker or one-on-one defender, and he will have to continue to improve in those areas if he wants to take his game to the next level.
There is no guarantee Aldridge will sign an extension with Portland and remain a Trail Blazer. From what he has said before, he could chase more dollars and a larger market after next season. Do not be surprised to see him bolt for a better situation.
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