NBA: Ranking all 30 starting power forwards for 2017-18

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8. LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs

LaMarcus Aldridge has admitted he’s been unhappy with the San Antonio Spurs, but after a heart-to-heart with Gregg Popovich, it seems the team will try to feature him more prominently in 2017-18.

This could go one of two ways: The Spurs figure out how to use what was once a top-three power forward and once again work their magic, or the whole thing fails fantastically and San Antonio is forced to trade him midseason as the other Western contenders start gaining ground.

More than likely, the Spurs will figure this out. He’s not going to replace Kawhi Leonard as the team’s leading scorer anytime soon, but he can certainly improve on the 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game he averaged last year, while hopefully retaining those efficient .477/.411/.812 shooting splits.