Yes, LaMarcus Aldridge Is An All-Star

 

HANG TIME SOUTHWEST – Can we please finally put to rest this lingering and nonsensical talk that LaMarcus Aldridge is not a worthy All-Star? What planet are you living on anyway?

Yeah, so, the Portland Trail Blazers power forward’s shooting percentage has been down this season from the lofty 50 percent mark of the last three seasons, but even that excuse is flimsy. After Tuesday’s heroics in a 106-104 comeback win over the Dallas Mavericks in which Aldridge buried his first 3-pointer of the season with 4.9 seconds left to tie and then canned a turnaround jumper on a play that started with 1.5 seconds to go to win it, capping a 12-for-20 shooting night for 29 points, Aldridge’s rising shooting percentage is now up to 47.3 percent.

Yes, it is still a career-low and he’s a lousy 1-for-10 from beyond the arc. You haters just won’t stop.

That shooting percentage puts him just outside the top 20 among all forwards, yet his 20.7 scoring average is tops among power forwards, unless you consider Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James to be power forwards. It’s a full point higher than Golden State All-Star representative David Lee, yet a full point lower than when Aldridge was unjustly left off the 2011 All-Star team.

Maybe Aldridge’s 8.9 rpg, good for eighth among all forwards and a mark that will be a career-best if he maintains it, is what should keep him off the All-Star team. So he’s not one of two forwards — Lee and Zach Randolph — currently averaging a double-double. Fine, toss his All-Star credentials.

At 38.1 mpg, maybe the 6-foot-11 Aldridge just isn’t logging enough heavy minutes. After all, Durant, Luol Deng, LeBron and even Aldridge’s own teammate Nicolas Batum¬†average at least a half-minute more per game. What a slouch.

So what to make of games like Tuesday night when Aldridge played 42 minutes, scored 29 points — including five points on two huge shots in the final five seconds — grabbed 13 rebounds, four offensive boards, dished out three assists, made a steal and blocked two shots?

“We needed those two shots,” Batum said. “They show people that he really is an All-Star. He is an All-Star. He’s a go-to guy.”

He really, really is.

13 Comments

  1. Fiti says:

    nah thanks two players from warrior as all star nope Lillard deserves more than curry he outplayed complete warrior team not only curry

  2. Logic says:

    LaMarcus is an All-star and I do like him. But, I think Curry should have made it over him because he has similar numbers and the Warriors record is much better.

  3. Tony Snow says:

    kevin loves 30/30 was 2 years ago

    lamarcus is an all star. it would help if he could get 20 touches a night like all the other franchise players.

    also he needs to keep improving his defense and rebounding which he has been doing.

  4. Aldridge is a heck of a player & deserves to be an all star, i agree w/ the article because people get so used to & spoiled w/ a player shooting @ a high percentage for a few years then it drops a little & some people are ready to write them off-just knuckleheaded-lol. All players go thru that. Bigups to Aldridge.

  5. big cat says:

    kevin love would’ve started the all star game at PF if it weren’t for the injuries , , everyone remember that beasty 30 / 30 game
    the wolves would be a top three team in the west with a healthy Rubio , love ,, etc

  6. TEE says:

    It isn’t that he doesn’t deserve the spot, it’s just that there are players that deserved the spot even more than he did.

    • Kings4 says:

      Yes!! A player isn’t an all star because he is good or even great, he is an all star because he is better then almosteveryone else. LA is not better than the pfs mentioned!! If he was he’d be an all star!

      • Sea Pea says:

        The only Power Forwards mentioned were David Lee and Zach Randolph and they both are on the All-Star team and so is Aldridge. People should review the All-Star rosters before they comment.

    • ko0kie says:

      who would that be? and plz don’t come with any guards like curry… we’re talking about forwards

    • Sea Pea says:

      Like who?

    • Random Comment says:

      Western Conference is full of talented players.. and I’m sure Lamarcus Aldridge is one of them!

  7. Sea Pea says:

    It’s just because he plays in Portland. Drexler hardly got on the team in his day. Brandon Roy the same thing. No respect. Portland has to go to the Conference Finals to get any kind of respect. That’s how it is and always will be.

  8. kevin nicholls INDIANAPOLIS says:

    He’s got a lot of promise and when he is playing at his best he is a allstar quality player but for me he needs to bring it every night and i haven’t seen that, but when he starts doing that then he can be more then an allstar. He’s a good player on a below good team.