LaMarcus Aldridge’s first two seasons with San Antonio were lukewarm compared to the type of year he is having in the 2017-18 season.
With the San Antonio Spurs starting the regular season without two key pieces - Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker - it would be the play of Aldridge who would step up for San Antonio.
The team started off with four-straight wins and LaMarcus' play would be a huge reason the Spurs are where they are right now.
LaMarcus started the season averaging 26 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and was hitting 49-percent of his shots from the floor at the start of this season. Compared to the 2016-17 season, he averaged 18.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, while shooting 43-percent from the floor.
Over his last two games, he has been on another level.
Back-to-back 30-point games, and now San Antonio has what they were looking for when they inked him summers ago.
“I’m just doing what I do, can’t overthink it,” Aldridge said recently.
The talk he had with Gregg Popovich during the offseason, was the start of positive changes for him and has propelled him into one of the best players this season.
Said Aldridge, “I play my game and everyone else on the team and we’ll just figure it out as we go.”
Through 40 games this season, Aldridge is averaging 22.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and shooting 50-percent from the floor.
"We’re all just going out and playing. We’re not going to try and overthink it or try to do too much," said Aldridge.