Selected No. 11 by the New Orleans Hornets (traded to Oklahoma City)
NBA Position: Center
Hometown: Bloomington, MN
High School: Bloomington Jefferson
NBA Comparison: Joel Pryzbilla/Brook Lopez
Strengths: At 6’11”, Aldrich has the height and length to play center in the NBA. Aldrich uses his excellent size to control the rim on the defensive end both blocking and changing shots. For a big man, Aldrich is a good athlete who can really run the floor and move his feet on defense. Aldrich has great hands being able to catch tough passes in traffic and finish at the rim. When operating against a double team, Aldrich does a good job of using his height to see the floor and deliver good, crisp passes out of those double teams. Aldrich is also an excellent outlet passer. Although unorthodox, Aldrich has shown he has the ability to knock down 15 foot jump shots with regularity. Aldrich has also used this unorthodox form to shot 75% from the foul line throughout his college career, an excellent percentage for a center.
Weaknesses: Although he possesses great height and length, Aldrich is not an explosive athlete. Aldrich also needs to add upper body strength to be able to match up against the much more physical centers in the NBA. Aldrich has a limited low-post game with limited moves. His offense consists mostly of finishing plays around the rim, free throws, and the occasional jump shot. Improving the consistency on his jumper would make him a more well rounded scorer. At some point, Aldrich may have to change the form on his jump shot. With his long wind up and shot from behind his head, defenders will be able to anticipate his shot and block it from behind.