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LaMarcus Aldridge has looked like a changed man with all the three-pointers that he is shooting this season, so much so that his head coach thinks that it may be a different person entirely.

Before the San Antonio Spurs played the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, coach Gregg Popovich joked about Aldridge’s increased prowess from deep.

“That’s not LaMarcus, it’s his twin,” said Popovich, per Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. “It’s an impersonator.

“He’s doing a hell of a job,” added Popovich about the so-called impersonator.

The 34-year-old Aldridge has always been a strong scorer from the midrange but has never been much of a three-point shooter, entering the year averaging 0.4 three-point attempts a game at a 28.3 percent success rate for his career. That has all changed this season however with Aldridge firing up 2.5 attempts from deep per game and connecting on a spectacular 45.5 percent of them.

Popovich has openly admitted that he does not care for the three-point shot, but in a year where the Spurs are an uncharacteristic 17-21, Aldridge extending his range by a few feet can only help matters.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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ATL / 327
Richie Guerin
BOS / 795
Red Auerbach
BRK / 297*
Kevin Loughery
CHA / 207
Allan Bristow
CHI / 545
Phil Jackson
CLE / 316
Lenny Wilkens
DAL / 478
Rick Carlisle
DEN / 432
Doug Moe
DET / 467
Chuck Daly
GSW / 557
Al Attles
HOU / 503
Rudy Tomjanovich
IND / 529*
Slick Leonard
LAC / 316
Doc Rivers
LAL / 610
Phil Jackson
MEM / 214
Lionel Hollins
MIA / 532
Erik Spoelstra
MIL / 540
Don Nelson
MIN / 427
Flip Saunders
NYK / 613
Red Holzman
NO / 203
Byron Scott
OKC / 478
Lenny Wilkens
ORL / 267
Brian Hill
PHI / 454
Billy Cunningham
PHX / 579
John MacLeod
POR / 453
Jack Ramsay
SA / 1,250
Gregg Popovich
SAC / 395
Rick Adelman
TOR / 320
Dwane Casey
UTAH / 1,127
Jerry Sloan
WAS / 522
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