Drafted 11th overall, former Kansas Jayhawk,Cole Aldrich, was projected to be a big time center in this league. Sam Presti took the opportunity to have Aldrich on the Thunder roster for the 2010-2012 season. In Oklahoma City, Aldrich sat the bench the majority of the time, but did show flashes of potential when he saw court time. In 44 games played with the Thunder, Aldrich averaged 1.6 points and 1.85 rebounds a game. In the James Harden trade to Houston, Aldrich was included and was shipped to Houston. Mid-way through the season, the 6’11 center was traded to the Kings where he spend majority of last season.
Today, the New York Knicks announced that they have added Aldrich to their camp roster. This is probably due to the fact that backup center Jeremy Tyler broke his foot this off-season, and Aldrich fills that’s need for the Knicks. It will be interesting to see how Mike Woodson uses Aldrich this year, and if the former Thunder center turns out to be a good role player in this league.