This is obviously the first choice when you look at the Spurs’ salary cap but Aldridge has had his up and downs this season. The NBA has become a perimeter-focused game and Aldridge’s size and mobility has been tested all season long by smaller centers and power forwards. He is only averaging only 17 ppg and if the Spurs plan on making it back to the NBA Finals he will have to step up his offensive game. He is depending too much on long jumpers and should bang more down low, making team’s pay for going small.
Gasol has lived up and arguably surpassed the team’s expectations. He has accepted a role off the bench and he has been thriving at it. Gasol’s touch from the behind the arc has been a gift to the Spurs’; he is shooting a blazing 55% from the 3-point line, by far the best percentage on the team. Gasol is averaging about 13 ppg on only 25 minutes of action, this is likely to increase during playoff time allowing him to possibly be that consistent second scorer the Spurs need.
1) Parker or Mills?:
The Spurs are going to need something from the point guard position in the playoffs--from either Parker or Mills. Who the Spurs go with will come down to one thing--the three point shot. If back-up guard Patty Mills is hot from the behind the arc he will likely get more minutes than the aging Parker, spreading the floor to make it easier for Kawhi to score.
If Mills is subpar from three then Parker’s experience and ball handling takes precedence. Parker has shown glimpses of greatness here and there in the last few games, he may have a couple more clutch shots left in his French tank.