Nets’ Steve Nash casually reveals intriguing lineup experiment involving Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge
Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge haven’t been on the Brooklyn Nets together for long, but they could be utilized in the lineup together soon. While informing the media that Aldridge will start at center again on Sunday, Steve Nash shared that Aldridge and Griffin could be on the floor at the same time more often, via Greg Logan.
#Nets coach Steve Nash said LaMarcus Aldridge will start again at center and he and Blake Griffin might team up at some point because both can stretch the floor and are good passers…
— Greg Logan (@GregLogan1) April 4, 2021
Aldridge made his debut with the Nets on Thursday, starting at the center position against the Charlotte Hornets. The veteran big man recorded 11 points, nine rebounds, and six assists, in 29 minutes played. Those six assists tied a career-high he had back when he was a member of the San Antonio Spurs
Even though he’s never been asked to distribute the ball at a high clip in his career, Aldridge is more than capable as a passer. Being able to have a center that can dish out assists is valuable in today’s NBA, allowing the Nets to space the floor more.
Besides Aldridge, it’s no secret that Griffin can pass the ball extremely well for a power forward. Dating back to his days with the Los Angeles Clippers, Griffin averaged 4.4 assists per game, including five seasons where he accrued 4.9 or more assists per game.
Once Kevin Durant comes back, the Nets could roll out a lineup that features Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Durant, Griffin, and Aldridge. In addition to those guys, Joe Harris and Bruce Brown could be used by the Nets as guys to bring more shooting and defense to the lineup.