Cole Aldrich draft profile


Cole Aldrich (Kansas)
6'11, 240 lbs., C

Aldrich came in as a unique, but raw big man to Kansas.  As a freshman, Aldrich showed poise, solid athleticism, shot blocking, and rebounding.  As a sophomore, he dominated the paint defensively with using his long wingspan to block shots.  Also, while unorthodox in his motion, he showed a 10 foot jumper.  

Aldrich's offensive game still needs refinement.  While not a slow stiff, he lacks great speed to play in transition.  He plays in an unorthodox fashion that shows in his strides, post moves, and fluidity.  However, he shows great ability to set screens, a respectable jump hook from the right hand side, and the ability to shoot a short jumper.  

Aldrich, while strong for his weight, needs to add more weight to post up NBA Centers.  He also needs to develop more post moves and counter post-moves to score at the next level.  He lacks a left hand post move, and NBA defenses rarely struggle with one handed players.  However, he does pass well out of the post which should help his team's offense.

Aldrich should make his mark defensively.  He blocks shots with the best of them showing excellent fundamentals and timing when playing defense.  With his long arms and great lower leg base, he defend well in man coverage on the low block as well.  Aldrich also shows great fundamentals in boxing out and rebounding.  

On the down side, Aldridge lacks lateral quickness, his one defensive weakness.  He will struggle in guarding pick-and-rolls if required to hedge guards and get back to the center.  He'll also struggle against stretch centers who space the floor and shoot jumpers.  However, these are areas many centers struggle with, and Aldridge compensates for a lack of physical quickness with strong decision making and fundamentals about how to manage these situations..

How does his game translate to the NBA?

At worst, he plays as a solid role player as the paint-controlling defensive player.  He's unlikely to ever dominate offensively, but he can't be left alone due to lack of skill either.  He reminds me of Joel Przybilla with a little better offensive game.  Currently, Aldrich is projected as a mid to late lottery pick, but he could see him sliding based on potential. 


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  • We need someone who can score. This guy isn't it. When I watched him last year against Jordan Hill/Arizona he just got smoked.

    I'm not sure he belongs in the lottery, but his speed looks pretty good for a 6'11 guy/center. He's an alert player defensively, and understand how to play pick and rolls. Could be a solid bench addition somewhere.

  • He measured in a 6'9" in socks, so he is slow, unalthletic and short, yea, sign me up for that combination.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    He's saying he has consistently measured taller at team workouts. But yeah, I think he's a 4th or 5th big on a competitive team.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    He is one player who I could possibly see falling to 17, and I thinkk we should take him if he does.

    Not over any guards tho.

    He has some skill, has size and plays aggressively. Not much more we can ask for. I dont think its a bad decision. He is probably the most ready big man in the first round, and we need to be ready if we get Lebron.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    I'd rather grab Alabi. Maybe trade down and get Alabi and Jones if possible.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    I really dont like Alibi. We have asik coming, we dont need another project big man. I thinkJones is good but not for us. The last thing we need is another penetrator at guard. We need a shooter. Jones will just make things harder on Rose. Jones is one of the worst shooting guards in the draft, if u only look at the shooting area.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    Jones lets us get rid of Hinrich in a sign and trade.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    Then we lose our only 3pt threat. Why would we do that? Id rather keep kirk for his 3pt shooting alone than trade him and have no one.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    Assuming we get an Allen, Morrow, or Reddick to start, then Jones would be a great fit for a third guard who can play both spots as both a defensive presence and offensive threat.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    If Hinrich is your idea of a 3 point shooter, then someone needs to introduce you to Steve Kerr. I like HInrich as part of a 3 guard rotation, but not because of his shooting from any distance.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Exactly. Once in awhile, he'll light it up. But there's no in-between with him, he's either on fire or can't hit them at all. Jones should be able to come in pretty quickly and give us what Hinrich does, but he should be able to sub for Rose more efficiently since he can actually get to the rim instead of dribbling around the perimeter.

    Don't get me wrong, I like Hinrich. But if we can replace his defense, we can replace him. Jones should be able to do that, and be an upgrade.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    Alabi in my opinion really isnt very good. VERY VERY raw down low. Aldrich on the other hand should be able to contribute on both ends of the floor right away. If he falls...grabbing him might be a great idea. He is very very long and a decent athlete...runs the floor pretty well. I like him...should be another Joel Pryzbilla type player just a better athlete. Rebounds and blocks shots.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    Kevin Seraphin >>>>>> Alabi

    thats my opinion.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    They're very different players. Alabi gives us better help defense and shot blocking, and is more likely to be a stretch big on the offensive end. Seraphin is going to both give us an offensive post presence and better man defense in the post, and is also a much better rebounder.

    I wouldn't be disappointed by either, but I'd still rather have Udoh if he falls.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    but he might be the best man defender and he gets to the line 10 times a game, something nobody on the Bulls does now.

    Ask Phil Jackson if you can ever have enough size or length up front. We have none going into this season. Even Noah is undersized, we need a minimum of 2 more big men, if not 3, Alabi, Asik(whatever the heck he is or will be) and Seraphin.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    That's another reason I like him so much, I'm hopeful that Rose can learn a thing or two from him about drawing contact. Jones seems to have this innate ability for drawing fouls at the rim.

    I do like Seraphin, too, and I have to say I'm back and forth on him and Alabi as my favorite big after Udoh. It would really be something if we managed to get #16 from the Wolves and both Udoh and either George or Henry fell to us. If we also managed to get their #23 like you suggest below and get Jones with that... damn.

    Taj/Udoh (until Udoh overtakes Taj)

    If we manage to get Lee or Boozer with Hinrich even better, but regardless, we'd go from a few stars loading the front line and otherwise thin, to a loaded front line and a ton of depth to boot.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    Alabi and Jones would be my dream draft combo this year.

    Maybe Minnesota would take Deng off of our hands for their 16 and 23 and we could still snag Seraphin in addition to those 2.

    That would be a nice haul to take into the future when we will be drafting in the high 20's or low 30's starting next summer.

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