3 ways LaMarcus Aldridge’s absence will impact the Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs will be one of the 22 teams that will play at Walt Disney World when the NBA season resumes. They will be doing so without LaMarcus Aldridge in the lineup due to season-ending surgery.

Based on the current landscape of the Western Conference standings, the Spurs are facing a steep uphill climb when it comes to earning a playoff spot as they rank 12th. San Antonio trails the 8th seed Memphis Grizzlies by 4.0 games with eight regular-season games left.

It’s nearly impossible for the Spurs to be able to make a run at a playoff spot but there’s real value in finishing the season on a high note, nevertheless. It will be an additional opportunity to evaluate players on the roster and see how they may have improved during their time off.

As for Aldridge, he had an effective year for the Spurs prior to the suspension of the season. During his 53 regular season appearances, he averaged 18.9 points (49.3%, FG, 38.9% 3P, 82.7% FT), 7.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.

With that being said, here are three ways LaMarcus Aldridge being sidelined for the 2019-20 season will impact the San Antonio Spurs.

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