Cole Aldrich

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Cole Aldrich
Cole Aldrich.jpg
Aldrich with the Thunder
No. 45 – New York Knicks
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1988-10-31) October 31, 1988 (age 26)
Burnsville, Minnesota
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Bloomington Jefferson
(Bloomington, Minnesota)
College Kansas (2007–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the New Orleans Hornets
Pro career 2010–present
Career history
20102012 Oklahoma City Thunder
2010–2011 Tulsa 66ers (D-League)
2012–2013 Houston Rockets
2013 Sacramento Kings
2013–present New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Cole David Aldrich (born October 31, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He completed his junior year at the University of Kansas in March 2010. Aldrich was selected as a McDonald's All American in 2006.[1] He attended Bloomington Jefferson High School. The New Orleans Hornets selected Aldrich eleventh overall in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft.[2]

High school career[edit]

Aldrich attended Bloomington Jefferson High School in Bloomington, Minnesota. As a senior, he was named state player of the year by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minneapolis Star-Tribune.[3]

Considered a four-star recruit by, Aldrich was listed as the No. 6 center and the No. 30 player in the nation in 2007.[4]

College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

Kansas Jayhawks player Cole Aldrich against Iowa State. 24 January 2009

During the 2007–08 season at Kansas, Aldrich's freshman season, his playing time was limited due to playing behind future NBA draft picks Darrell Arthur, Sasha Kaun, and Darnell Jackson. He averaged three rebounds and 2.8 points a game on 8.3 minutes a game during the regular season. Statistically, Aldrich's best performance was an 11-point, 11-rebound outing in a win over Texas Tech on March 3, 2008.[5] Probably the most crucial game for Aldrich was during the Final Four game between Kansas and North Carolina on April 5, 2008, when he played only 16 minutes but managed to grab 8 rebounds and score 7 points along with blocking 4 shots while also playing effective defense against National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough, helping lead Kansas into the NCAA national championship game. They then defeated the Memphis Tigers to win their first Championship since 1988.[6]

Sophomore season[edit]

With the departure of the other Jayhawk big men to the NBA draft, Aldrich became the premier big-man going into his sophomore season. Through the first 29 games, he averaged a double-double with 15.1 points and 10.8 rebounds in 29.7 minutes of play. He grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds in an 87–78 win over Oklahoma on February 23, 2009,.[7] On March 8, 2009, Aldrich was named to the 2008–09 Big 12 All-conference first team.[8] On March 22, 2009 Aldrich recorded the first official triple-double in the history of Kansas basketball against Dayton in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Aldrich accumulated 13 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 blocks in a 60–43 victory.[9] On Monday, April 13, Aldrich announced that he would return to KU for his Junior season.

Junior season[edit]

He won the 2009–10 men's college basketball Academic All-American of the Year as selected by CoSIDA and presented by ESPN the Magazine.[10] He ended his college career a perfect 55–0 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Professional career[edit]

Oklahoma City Thunder[edit]

On March 29, 2010, Aldrich announced that he would forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2010 NBA draft. He was the 11th pick, selected by the New Orleans Hornets, who traded his rights on draft day to the Oklahoma City Thunder. On August 6, 2010, Aldrich signed a two-year contract with the Thunder with a two-year option.[11]

On November 24, 2010, the Thunder assigned Aldrich to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA D-League.[12] He was recalled on December 6, 2010,[13] but sent back to Tulsa on December 30, 2010.[14] He was again recalled on February 2, 2011, and assigned for a third time on March 30, 2011.[15] Aldrich reached the 2012 NBA Finals with the Thunder, but the team lost to the Miami Heat.

Houston Rockets[edit]

In October 2012, Aldrich, James Harden, Daequan Cook, and Lazar Hayward were traded to the Houston Rockets for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, and draft picks.[16]

Sacramento Kings[edit]

On February 20, 2013, Aldrich was traded to the Sacramento Kings along with Toney Douglas and Patrick Patterson in exchange for Francisco Garcia, Thomas Robinson and Tyler Honeycutt.[17]

New York Knicks[edit]

On September 24, 2013, Aldrich signed with the New York Knicks.[18] On January 29, 2014, he was assigned to the Erie BayHawks.[19] He was recalled the next day. He went on to record his first double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) in his first NBA start on March 12, 2014.[20]

On July 11, 2014, Aldrich re-signed with the Knicks.[21] On December 27, 2014, he scored a career-high 18 points in a 129-135 overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings.[22]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2010–11 Oklahoma City 18 0 7.9 .533 .000 .500 1.9 .2 .3 .4 1.0
2011–12 Oklahoma City 26 0 6.7 .524 .000 .929 1.8 .1 .3 .6 2.2
2012–13 Houston 30 0 7.1 .535 .000 .444 1.9 .2 .1 .3 1.7
2012–13 Sacramento 15 0 11.7 .568 .000 .727 4.2 .2 .1 .9 3.3
2013–14 New York 46 2 7.2 .541 .000 .867 2.8 .3 .2 .7 2.0
Career 135 2 7.7 .540 .000 .779 2.5 .2 .2 .6 2.0


2012 Oklahoma City 5 0 5.0 .444 .000 .500 2.6 .0 .0 .0 2.0
Career 5 0 5.0 .444 .000 .500 2.6 .0 .0 .0 2.0

NBA D-League[edit]

2010–11 Tulsa 66ers 21 21 29.3 .544 .000 .804 8.6 1.3 .5 2.6 10.3
Career 21 21 29.3 .544 .000 .804 8.6 1.3 .5 2.6 10.3

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