San Antonio Spurs star LaMarcus Aldridge will enter his sixth NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night. How did he perform in the previous five?
The San Antonio Spurs will send LaMarcus Aldridge to the 2018 NBA All-Star Game as their lone representative, who was also selected last in the All-Star Draft by Team LeBron. Will that inspire Aldridge to put on an eye-popping performance, even in an exhibition game?
Sunday’s game will not be Aldridge’s first All-Star appearance. Before it, he appeared in five games, four of which on the Portland Trail Blazers and the fifth on the Spurs. 2017 marked the first year since 2011 that the Texas product did not make the All-Star Game.
With a history to look back on, let’s see what the 32-year old accomplished at this midseason game in years past:
- 2012: 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist on 2-for-5 shooting
- 2013: 0 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal on 0-for-2 shooting
- 2014: 4 points, 5 rebounds on 2-for-9 shooting
- 2015: 18 points, 2 rebounds on 7-for-11 shooting
- 2016: 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal on 2-for-8 shooting
It’s not exactly a flashy history at the All-Star Game for Aldridge. His 2015 performance stands far and above the rest, as he totaled just 12 points in his other four appearances. Only two of them were above 40 percent shooting, too.
However, it’s an exhibition game. The stats do not count or matter toward anything. It’s an opportunity for the NBA’s best players to combine and show off for the fans in this annual game. So, even though Aldridge’s All-Star Game history does not match some of the league’s legends, it’s still notable that he made five of them, with the sixth in just over 24 hours.
Will Aldridge top these performances in Sunday night’s All-Star Game? It takes place at 8:00 p.m. ET on TNT, with the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA as the host.