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Has Cole Aldrich passed Byron Mullens on the Thunder’s depth chart? Sports Staff Published: May 31, 2011
Orlando Magic's J.J. Redick (7) drives to the basket and shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder's Cole Aldrich (45) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Feb. 25, 2011. Orlando won 111-88. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

J.J. Redick drives to the basket and shoots over Cole Aldrich Feb. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Oklahoma City Thunder rookie center Cole Aldrich (seen in the photo playing in mop-up duty in February) played in only 18 games this season and was inactive for every playoff game. But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been improving.

In today’s Power Lunch chat on, Thunder beat writer John Rohde had this to say about Aldrich’s development:

From what I’ve seen, I believe Aldrich has passed Mullens. Aldrich consistently handles Mullens in 3-on-3 or 4-on-4 pregame get-togethers. Will Aldrich start in place of Perkins? Not even close. But he and Mohammed could be solid backup centers by committee.

What do you think? Will Byron Mullens be used as trade bait?

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