Two years ago when LaMarcus Aldridge was snubbed from the Rookie-Sophomore All-Star game in Las Vegas he used it as motivation towards the second half of his rookie season and leading into the summer. It paid off.
He made the trip to New Orleans last year as a sophomore. So does this mean Aldridge will be an All-Star for the West next year?
Motivation is the key.
Okay, so his numbers are just below career-highs he posted last season. And he is buried behind the fan favorites, leaving him to receive the eleventh most votes at his position out West.
That’s what prompted my talk with Kevin Pritchard, asking if Aldridge will ever be an All-Star knowing who he is running up against. I’m more inclined – not to debate that stance – but take it a few steps further and wonder when his time will come?
Look who Aldridge finished behind in voting: Tim Duncan, Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, Ron Artest and Pau Gasol. I get that. Those are some impressive names.
But from there down the door is wide open: Bruce Bowen, Shane Battier, Josh Howard and Luis Scola. Aldridge finished behind them all.
I get the first six. I don’t get the other four.
Bowen – while a defensive stud – has seen his minutes slip, along with his production. Battier and Howard have been injury prone much of the season, and Scola is solid but not to the point where he is better than Aldridge in the post or on the perimeter.
Nevertheless, it’s going to take a big year from Aldridge – whenever that is – for him to represent the West at an All-Star game.
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