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LaMarcus Aldridge Has Plans to Utilize One Part Of His Game More

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With the departure of Tim Duncan into retirement after 19 seasons, LaMarcus Aldridge will now be thrust into a greater role with the San Antonio Spurs. This will include a greater responsibility on the offensive end of the floor. According to the San Antonio Express-News, head coach Greg Popovich has told Aldridge that he wants a greater commitment from him taking more shots from beyond the arc.

“Pop, after last season, told me to get back with it, so I’ll start taking that shot more this year,” Aldridge told Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News.

In his first season with the Spurs, the veteran forward missed all 16 of his attempts from 3-point range. He had his best success from that distance two years ago in his final campaign with the Portland Trail Blazers hitting a respectable 32.5 percent of his attempts (37-105). With that in mind, it’s not surprising to hear Popovich want to see more of that out of the 31-year-old.

San Antonio over the last few years has transitioned to a team very dependent on the 3-point shot. This will continue with Aldridge taking part in that trend and even possibility offseason addition Pau Gasol at times. This could lead to a highly productive year for Aldridge in his second campaign with the Spurs.

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