LaMarcus Aldridge selected to NBA All-Star team
Jan. 24, 2013
NEW YORK - Former University of Texas standout and current Portland Trail Blazers forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge was named a 2013 NBA All-Star reserve by a vote of Western Conference head coaches, announced today by the league. Aldridge joins Kevin Durant as former Longhorns on the Western Conference All-Star roster.
Aldridge will make his second consecutive trip to the NBA All-Star Game after making his first career appearance in 2012. It will be the second consecutive year in which two former Longhorns have competed.
Aldridge ranks ninth in the NBA in scoring with 20.7 points per game to go with 8.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.95 steals and 1.28 blocks in 40 games (all starts) this season. Portland's leader in scoring and blocked shots, Aldridge has led the Trail Blazers in scoring 15 times, rebounding 16 times and blocks on 22 occasions.
The Dallas native joins Miami's LeBron James as the NBA's only two players averaging at least 20 points and eight rebounds this season. Aldridge is also the league's only player averaging at least 20 points while committing no more than two turnovers per game.
The starting five in the Western Conference, decided by fan balloting, consists of Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Dwight Howard (Lakers) and Chris Paul (Clippers). Rounding out the reserves from the coaches' vote are Tim Duncan (Spurs), James Harden (Rockets), David Lee (Warriors), Tony Parker (Spurs), Zach Randolph (Grizzlies) and Russell Westbrook (Thunder).
The 2013 NBA All-Star Game will tip-off at 7 p.m. CT on Sunday, Feb. 17, from the Toyota Center in Houston. The game will air live on TNT.
Former Longhorns in the NBA All-Star Game