The Portland TrailBlazers haven’t had a player on Team USA since Clyde Drexler represented the nation on the ’92 Dream Team.
Health prevented LaMarcus Aldridge from making the final squad, but the question that must be asked is, would a healthy Aldridge be competing in London on Team USA this summer?
While there’s no true way to tell, the answer in the eyes of most people should be a resounding yes.
If Team USA is missing one thing from its incredibly stacked roster, it’s size.
With Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and Blake Griffin out because of injuries, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love and Anthony Davis are the lone big men on this year’s team.
Aldridge has never been described as the most physically imposing force in the paint, but his size and style of play would be fantastic additions against international competition.
At 6’11”, 240 pounds, Aldridge spreads the floor with the best of them.
He has always been known for his sweet jump shot, but having added an array of low-post moves over the past few years, he’s one of the most versatile power forwards on the offensive end of the floor.
It’s the mentality, though, that has allowed him to become a better player, as he now has the ability to take over a game and score from seemingly anywhere on the floor.
As arguably one of the best power forwards in the NBA, Aldridge averaged 21.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and shot a career-high 51.2 percent from the field last season.
Like his 2012 All-Star appearance, minutes might have been limited and he wouldn’t have likely been a focal point of any offensive set.
But with size, rebounding and the ability to run the floor, Aldridge’s versatility would have been a welcomed addition to this year’s national team.