LaMarcus Aldridge will be the San Antonio Spurs’ lone representative at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. In its new draft format, however, he was not exactly selected high.
The San Antonio Spurs will send LaMarcus Aldridge to the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, which takes place on Sunday at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. He’s the lone Spur that will be in Hollywood for this, while the rest of the roster rests from a whirlwind of a first 59 games.
In a format that started with this year’s All-Star Game, team captains drafted from a select group of NBA players that were either voted in or chosen by the coaches to go to this midseason exhibition. These teams were selected by LeBron James and Stephen Curry.
Well, it was revealed where at least one of the players went in this draft: Aldridge. According to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com, the now six-time All-Star was the final pick. He will play for Team LeBron.
Aldridge told Haynes, “That’s OK,” and provided an extended response to the selection:
“We’re all All-Stars, so, at the end of the day, we should be thankful to be here,” Aldridge told ESPN. “Picked first, picked last, it doesn’t matter. We’re all competitive, too. It won’t be the easiest thing to be picked last, but at the end of the day, you’re just happy to be here.”
First, second, third, tenth or last, does it matter? These players were all deemed good enough to play in a game that showcases the NBA’s elite. Aldridge’s draft position means nothing, as either way, he gets to play and show why he was chosen to return to the All-Star Game, one year after a down year that surrounded criticism.
The NBA All-Star Game takes place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET on TNT. Aldridge, James, Curry, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and others will be part of this.