There's no denying that the NBA All-Star game is a star studded affair. It's the game where fans expect superstar athletes to represent their teams in the most endearing way possible. That's been the tone ever since I can remember.
Despite all of the happiness that NBA All-Star weekend brings, critics will continue to speculate and argue against selections from both conferences.
My bone to pick stands at 6'11", 240 pounds and hails from Dallas, Texas. When a player has more than one capitalization in his name, you know he's legit. Why this power forward didn't make the roster, I simply don't know...
The victim: LaMarcus Aldridge.
In between the old timers in Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki, and the young guns in Kevin Love and Blake Griffin, there comes the story of a Texas Longhorn drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the year of 2006.
Fast forward to his fifth season in the league playing for Portland, and he's got better numbers statistically than he has in his entire career, and then some. His numbers this season read: 22.1 PPG, 9 RPG, and 1.3 Blocks per game.
Oh, by the way, he's only 25 years old.
I understand the need for the West to do the right thing this season at the All-Star game. It's taking place in Los Angeles, so let's go ahead and vote some Lakers and a Clipper in. A Spur in Greg Popovich is coaching the West; he really should have some Spurs make the roster. You're really going to throw Tim Duncan on the team even though he's facing career lows in PPG and RPG (13 and nine)? C'mon, man!
Don't we normally reward players who remain healthy all first half of the season? LaMarcus was healthy, Dirk was not. They scored the same amount of points per game but Aldridge actually plays his size's role...he rebounds. Nine is greater than six last time I checked.
Gasol didn't score as much as Aldridge either. In fact, LaMarcus, when it comes to points this season, is either equal to or greater than all six big men's numbers invited to this year's All-Star game. Fair?
Don't even get me started on Yao Ming...
All I can say is it's upsetting that the Blazers didn't win a little more games the first half of the season. I'd have more of a case if Portland were in the middle of the pack in terms of playoff seeding. When it really comes down to it, you either have to set some kind of record like K-Love and Griffin did, or you have to be a big piece to a successful puzzle.
Aldridge is a great player with nothing but room on his resume. We'll see you next year, No. 12.