After much speculation surrounded the New York Knicks depth at center, they made a move that could potentially silence some of the critics as the team announced the signing former No. 11 pick, Cole Aldrich.
The former Sacramento King, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Houston Rocket has agreed to a deal that will allow him to try and discover a potentially lost career in New York.
After being included in the James Harden trade to Houston, Aldrich flashed signs of potential by averaging 2.2 ppg, and 2.7 rpg in just over seven minutes of action in a crowded frontcourt rotation in Houston.
He will provide great depth at the 5 for the big man lacking Knicks as he will be able to bring a player able to withstand hard knocks while still being able to support the team on offense.
When looking at Aldrich’s Per 36 numbers, they are quite impressive, averaging 10.3 ppg, 13.0 rpg, and 2.9 bpg while shooting 72 percent from the charity stripe and 56 percent from the field.
Those numbers are quite impressive, but the thing to keep in mind that he has never played more than 12 minutes per game over the course of a season.
He will most likely share the role of backup center with currently injured big man Jeremy Tyler. And with the Knicks roster coming together, it seems as though it could potentially be one of the better ones in recent memory with each player playing a specific role on the team’s success that could potentially be achieved this season.
At the tender age of 24, Aldrich still has a way to go before he is fully developed or can be considered a bust but being the No.11 draft pick comes a certain responsibility which you must uphold, something he hasn’t done so far.
Aldrich has what looks like it could possibly be his last chance to prove himself for an NBA team. We will see if he takes advantage of it in blue and orange.