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San Antonio Spurs: LaMarcus Aldridge makes the 2018 All-Star Game

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 8: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on January 8, 2018 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. 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 Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 8: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on January 8, 2018 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. 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 Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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While the voting process kept LaMarcus Aldridge out of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game’s starting lineup, the San Antonio Spurs big man will still head to Los Angeles.

The San Antonio Spurs missed out on having a player start in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. It wasn’t Kawhi Leonard or LaMarcus Aldridge, but Manu Ginobili who was barely left off the Western Conference’s starting five. He received the second-most votes among the West’s guards.

Well, the Spurs will send at least one player to the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, as Aldridge was named a reserve on the Western Conference team. This will be his sixth All-Star Game appearance.

Along with the Aldridge, Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Draymond Green will be the other reserves.

The Western Conference @NBAAllStar Reserves Pool!#RussellWestbrook#DamianLillard#JimmyButler#KlayThompson#DraymondGreen#LaMarcusAldridge#KarlAnthonyTowns#NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/Txut7cxbsM

— NBA (@NBA) January 24, 2018

The 2017-18 season has been a stellar one for Aldridge, who’s averaging 23.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. This is on 48.7 percent shooting and 33.8 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Without the 32-year-old power forward, who knows where the Silver and Black would be on Jan. 23. They have played without Kawhi Leonard for all but nine games, which put the offensive load on Aldridge’s back, resulting in his best numbers since leaving the Portland Trail Blazers in the summer of 2015.

Scorers to back Aldridge up have been difficult to find, too, with players stepping up, but none establishing themselves as that go-to man behind their leader. That’s something San Antonio can potentially address before the NBA Trade Deadline.

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So, on Sunday, Feb. 18, Aldridge will play on either Team LeBron James or Team Stephen Curry at the 2018 All-Star Game. Given the Los Angeles setting, it should be a bigger show than usual, especially with two of the NBA’s best players as the team captains. Who plays for these teams will be revealed on Thursday.

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