Being a big man in the NBA is an exercise in problem solving.
A defender is fronting you and preventing an easy entry pass from your point guard? Problem. You’re getting double-teamed the instant you catch a pass down low? Another problem. The defense is rotating along the baseline before you can get into your move? That’s a problem too.
For most of LaMarcus Aldridge’s career in high school and college, the solution to most of these problems was pretty simple. Aldridge would get the ball just off the left block, then bang his man into submission with his left shoulder. A couple of dribbles, rise and release — sometimes with a right hook, at other times with a turnaround jumper.