The San Antonio Spurs will have representation in the All-NBA honors, due to the performance of LaMarcus Aldridge in the 2017-18 season.
The San Antonio Spurs had one of their most unusual seasons under head coach Gregg Popovich. Without Kawhi Leonard for all but nine games and a record of fewer than 50 wins (for the first time since 1996-97), everything did not feel like the status quo. However, LaMarcus Aldridge was arguably the only constant.
Aldridge, who appeared to be on his way out in the 2017 offseason, became the main player in San Antonio. He took over the offense and consistently led the team in scoring and to the postseason.
On Friday, Aldridge received an honor for his work in the 2017-18 season: All-NBA Second Team. It’s the fifth time he joins an All-NBA squad, with previous Second Team and Third Team spots. Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan, Joel Embiid and Russell Westbrook received All-NBA Second Team honors, as well.
It was a rebound season for Aldridge, who delivered 23.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. All three numbers were team-highs.
Without Aldridge it’s difficult to know how this team would have played this season. No Leonard already deprived the Spurs of one superstar, so if they dealt the Texas product, when he asked for a trade, it would be a roster of Rudy Gay, Dejounte Murray, Pau Gasol and whoever else might have joined via transactions.
However, with Aldridge, this was the No. 7 team in the Western Conference standings; San Antonio edged its way into the playoffs for the 21st consecutive season. The Silver and Black had him for 75 games of this run, which led to a 47-35 record.
This strong campaign for Aldridge will look to be replicated in the 2018-19 season. Can he deliver another All-NBA run, with or without the presence of Leonard?