NBA All-Star Snubs 2013: Why LaMarcus Aldridge Is Least Deserving of Roster Spot

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 24, 2013

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 15:  LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers takes a free throw against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on January 15, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Trail Blazers 115-111 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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While LaMarcus Aldridge may have played well enough to be named an NBA All-Star on Thursday, he's the least deserving player to make the roster in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.

That's because there is no way Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry should have been snubbed this year.

Aldridge, mind you, has had yet another strong season. He has averaged 20.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals while shooting 47 percent from the floor. 

But he's playing on a Portland Trail Blazers team that is currently 21-21. 

Curry, on the other hand, has averaged 20.9 points, 6.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals while shooting 45 percent from downtown and 89 percent from the free-throw line. He has also posted a better PER than Aldridge (19.84 to 19.7), and Warriors head coach Mark Jackson has praised him for improving on defense.

In effect, the Warriors look like a playoff team this season. They are 26-15 and coming off a 104-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, in which Curry posted 31 points, seven assists, three rebounds and four steals. Golden State is the only team to beat the Thunder, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers this season.

Without Aldridge, the Trail Blazers would probably not even be a .500 team, but a .500 record is nothing to be proud of, all the same. 

Again, this isn't bashing Aldridge. He has had an impressive season. But out of all the reserves who made the Western Conference roster, he's the one who has had the least impressive campaign. When you compare him to Curry, it's not even close.

By process of elimination, Aldridge should have ceded a spot to Curry in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game


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