Aldridge is much better from midrange and in the half court offense in general. They play totally different styles. The difference is, however, that AD has the ability to do what LA does, but LA doesn't have the ability to do everything AD does.
AD is already better on defense (remarkably so when not against heavy, heavy post up guys) and in transition. AD is especially good on help defense and does a lot to erase other players mistakes, which aldridge can't do.
AD can fly on pick and rolls, but as far as isolations go, he has a couple of moves that work, but i think he has a longg ways to go to beat LA in that regard. AD also plays differently, he prefers to get the ball close and hit a little hook, while LA is just the best big from Jason Smith range in the league imo. IDK if AD will ever make it there, but he doesn't need to. Look at Kareem, hakeem, shaq, and other guys physically gifted like AD. They didn't need that to be GOAT players.
@ gyno, RIGHT NOW, i honestly don't think AD can shoot 50% on halfcourt isos on 20 shots a game as the last option like LA can. That's not his game, but give LA some credit. A consistent, high volume, high FG% scorer like that, one that draws a lot of double teams, does a lot for you.
@NOLAbaby, LA wouldn't "wax his ass" in the playoffs
even if we have seen a video that may say otherwise. The reason the heat have won is in large part due to their ability to run the floor. AD has that showtime, unstoppable ability. It may not be in halfcourt, but with our ability to get steals, don't think it wouldn't happen in the playoffs. AD would also defend LA very well imo, they're one of the most likely teams to fall off come playoff time with their jump shot oriented offense. AD's energy and rebounding and constant movement is tiring and more uncontainable than open jumpers.
This post was edited on 12/14 at 4:02 am