LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE SELECTED AS RESERVE FOR THE 2018 NBA ALL-STAR GAME
SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 23, 2018) – The NBA today announced that San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has been selected to be a reserve in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. The third-year Spur was chosen by the Western Conference head coaches. Aldridge will make his sixth All-Star appearance and is one of only six players in the NBA to be selected to six of the last seven NBA All-Star Games, along with Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, James Harden, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.
Aldridge has helped guide the Spurs to a 30-18 record this year, including a 19-3 mark in San Antonio that currently stands as the best home record in the NBA. This season, the former Texas Longhorn played his 150th game with the Spurs and set the franchise record for most wins through 150 games with 117 victories.
The 12-year veteran is averaging 22.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.13 blocks in 33.9 minutes while shooting .487 (400-822) from the floor and .838 (202-241) from the charity stripe this season. He is one of two players in the NBA averaging at least 22.0 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting over 80 percent from the free throw line, along with Anthony Davis, and is one of four in the league to total at least 1,000 points and 400 rebounds so far this season. Aldridge and LeBron James are the only two players to score at least 1,000 points in the last 11 straight seasons.
The Spurs have now had at least one All-Star selection in 39 of the 41 All-Star Games since joining the NBA in 1976, the most of any team in that span. San Antonio has had an All-Star in 20 consecutive seasons, the longest active streak in the NBA.
Joining Aldridge as Western Conference reserves are: Jimmy Butler (Minnesota), Draymond Green (Golden State), Damian Lillard (Portland), Klay Thompson (Golden State), Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City).
The Eastern Conference reserves are: Bradley Beal (Washington), Al Horford (Boston), Kevin Love (Cleveland), Kyle Lowry (Toronto), Victor Oladipo (Indiana), Kristaps Porzingis (New York) and John Wall (Washington).
The 67th NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and ESPN Radio. The midseason classic from Staples Center will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.