LaMarcus Aldridge Named 2013 NBA All Star

LaMarcus Aldridge Named 2013 NBA All Star
January 24, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge has been named to the 2013 Western Conference All Star team, learned minutes before the NBA announced it. In his seventh season, he was voted onto the Western Conference team by a ballot of the conference's coaches and becomes the 11th Blazers player to make the All-Star Game at least two times.

His selection was made official later in the evening in an unveiling on TNT's NBA Tip-Off show.

Aldridge is the only player in the Western Conference to average over 20 points and eight rebounds per game. Lebron James, Eastern Conference starter, is the only other player in the NBA with those numbers.

Joining him on the Western Conference Reserves roster are Tim Duncan and Tony Parker of the Spurs, Russell Westbrook from the Thunder, Houston's James Harden, Warriors David Lee and Zach Randolph from the Memphis Grizzlies.

This season, Aldridge is averaging 20.6 points and 8.8 rebounds a game, which is down from his 23.3 points per game and 50.9 percent shooting from the field from last season. Wednesday, Aldridge said he wasn't confident he would be voted in as an All-Star again because there wasn't as much buzz about the team. 

Aldridge joins Kevin Duckworth, Jim Paxson, Geoff Petrie, Terry Porter, Rasheed Wallace and Bill Walton as players selected twice to the All-Star Game; Maurice Lucas and Brandon Roy made three All-Star game appearance, while Sidney Wicks was a 4-time selection. Aldridge still has a ways to go before catching Clyde Drexler, who holds a franchise record eight All-Star game appearances.

The Trail Blazers (21-21) currently sit tied for eighth in the Western Conference standings.

The All-Star Game will be played Sunday February 17th in Houston.