Will LaMarcus Aldridge Be A 2011 NBA All-Star?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 12/21/2010 2:11 PM

    Will Aldridge Make The All-Star Team?
    Yes-He's Performing At That Level Right Now (103)
     84%
    No-Still Too Much Competition Above Him (19)
     16%



    As of right now, Aldridge isn't currently among the Top 10 forwards for fan vote, according to NBA.Com (See Results). With that said, it's highly unlikely LA will receive one of two starting froward spots out West. Assuming Durant and Gasol continue to lead the fan vote, they will end up starting for the West. And with Yao done for the year, he will not be able to play in the All-Star Game, and quite frankly, can any Center out West be be deemed All-Star worthy? I think that could help LA as the West will be looking to add more size and LA's 6-10 250lb frame fits the bill.

    Although the West will need size, they can only take 12 players, 5 starters (assuming Paul, Bryant, Durant, Gasol, Dirk (for Yao)), leaving 7 spots open. I think right now, Deron Williams, Manu Ginobili, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Antony, and Tim Duncan are all locks to make the squad assuming they remain healthy. Boom, just like that there could really only be two spots left. Let's break-down the competition for Aldridge:

    Blake Griffin: 6-10, 251lbs, Rookie

    Stats: 20.8 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, .516 fg%

    The Case: 4th in the NBA and leads all rookies in rebounds (12.2).Has helped the Clippers get out of the cellar a bit as of late, winning 3 straight to push their record to 8-21. A walking highlight-reel, which makes for good ratings. The All-Star game is all for the fans and there may not be a more exciting player in the league right now.

    Why Not: While the Clippers have won 3 straight, teams with losing records, let alone being 13 under .500, are not viewed upon highly when rosters are being determined. Also, rookies just do not make the All-Star team. I believe Yao is the last rookie to do so. Even LeBron had to sit out his first year.







    Kevin Love: 6-10, 260lbs, 2nd Year

    Stats: 20.8 ppg, 15.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, .455 fg%

    The Case: Tops in the NBA in every rebounding category imaginable (RPG: 15.5, DRPG:10.7 ORPG:4.8). Had the NBA's first 30 point,30 rebound game since 1982. Leads the NBA with 24 double-doubles.

    Why Not: His team is awful. At 6-23, only the Sacramento Kings have a worse record. As I said with Blake Griffin, coaches value wins more so than stats. A lot of players put up crazy stats in losing efforts, but wins are what gets rewarded.









    Paul Millsap: 6-8, 250lbs, 4th Year

    Stats: 17.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, .556 fg%

    The Case: The Jazz, at 20-9, are owners of the league's 6th best record and are a legit Western Conference Contender. Not only are winning teams rewarded but duos like to be kept together as well (Durant/Westbrook, Bryant/Gasol, Stockton/Malone, etc) and it's hard to find a better pick and roll combo than Deron Williams and Paul Milsap. Also, Paul had his best performance on the biggest stage, scoring 46 points and grabbing 9 rebounds, leading the Jazz to a 20+ point comeback win in Miami.

    Why Not: Usually All-Stars get hotter as the season progresses, yet Millsap's number have slowly declined since his torrid opening month. In October, Millsap averaged 21.3 points and 12.3 rebounds. November saw the numbers drop drastically to 17.8 points and 7.8 rebounds. And finally, December continued to declining trend as he posted 16.4 points and 7.0 rebounds.







    Steve Nash: 6-3, 178lbs, 14th Year

    Stats: 17.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 10.2 apg, .556 fg%

    The Case: Without Steve Nash, the Suns could contend for the worst record in the league. It's not out of the question to think the Suns could be title contenders had they re-signed Amare, given their success last year and Amare's progression this season. It becomes hard to fault Nash for moves from the front-office. Nash is 2nd in the league in assists (10.2), 10th  in double-doubles (14), and 17th in field goal percentage(.526), amazing for a 6-3 guard who shoots mostly from the perimeter.

    Why Not: With their recent lack of success, 13-14 record, the Suns are no longer in the limelight of the media, instead an afterthought these days. Not only that, but there is a large crop of outstanding point guards in the West. Last year Paul was injured, but he's healthy again. This year a player such as Russell Westbrook has really elevated his game into elite status.





    That's hefty competition for the L-Train. He'll be up against players with more prestigious reputations (Nash), more popular reputations from the media and casual fans (Love,Griffin), and better winning percentages this year (Millsap). But here's why LA still has a shot at this:

    Portland's average record should not hinder him in this case. All of the media and coaching staffs are aware of Portland's recent string of injuries over these past two seasons and realize just how depleted the team has become, but one of the few unaffected by the injury bug has been Aldridge. So, as long as the Trail Blazers hover around the 7-8th seed, the winning argument can be tossed out the window.

    He needs to keep having highlight-reel dunks. Not only does it get our fans excited about his play, but national writers are taking notice. Just today DIME Magazine had Aldridge over their front page of their website, linking him as the next Amare Stroudemire. It may be silly to think that matters but being on Sportscenter a lot will only help keep Aldridge on the top of the mind.

    Finally, keep the BEAST MODE turned on. Over his last 4 games, Aldridge has been averaging 29.3 points and 12.8 rebounds and is shooting 61.8 percent from the field. Not to mention, he plays the best defense out of anyone on the list. If he can continue to shine while being the focal point, his campaign should catch fire just in time for the coaches to turn in their All-Star ballots.

    VOTE: 2011 NBA All-Star




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  1. blazerfanatic7
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    Posted 12/21/2010 2:43 PM

    How can Aldridge (19.1 P/PG, 8.5 R/PG, 1.2 B/PG and 34 dunks in December alone) not even be considered before Caron Butler (14.4 P/PG, 4.3 R/PG, and 1.8 A/PG) for top ten forwards?!
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  1. blazerfanatic7
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    Posted 12/21/2010 2:44 PM

    Top ten Forwards in the West alone!
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 12/21/2010 2:57 PM

    All I know is that lately a TON of Dallas players have been getting a high number of votes for the All-Star game. Deserving or not, it looks like their fans are voting in masses.
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  1. Prophet21
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    Posted 12/21/2010 3:00 PM

    That is tough competition but: Nash shouldn't get in. The Suns are just not that good. Though he is the reason they are even close, I don't think he should get in in the West. Griffin is great but he should play in the Rookie game instead of the All-Star game. That leave Love and Millsap. Love's team is just horrible! But he is playing at an All-Star level, Aldridge should have the upper-hand simply because his team is better. Millsap will most likely be in and I can understand the league putting in either Griffin or Love but I am being optimistic and think we could see Aldridge in the All-Star game if he keeps this up! RIP CITY BABY!! Go Blazers!
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  1. blazerfanatic7
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    Posted 12/21/2010 3:02 PM

    It seems a little bit TOO bias in my opinion. Aldridge is not only playing dominant, but he is doing so while Roy is out and leading the entire team. Portland DOES have a winning record now because of LMA and it would be unfair if he didn't receive enough credit for his play; his statistics say it all!
    I am a fan of LaMarcus Aldridge the All-Star!
  1. Herr
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    Posted 12/21/2010 3:18 PM

    Hell yeah he deserves it!  But I have a feeling he's going to be robbed.

    Also, Westbrooke isn't an All-Star in my opinion.  The dude is a shoot first point guard and a majority of his high scoring games he's on the foul line 10+ times.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 12/21/2010 4:47 PM

    23 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals and +24 EFF rating? Not to mention his team is Top4-5 in the West. I don't want to derail from the Aldridge thread, but Westbrook deserves it, hands down. He single handily beat us twice earlier on this year.
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  1. I''m OUT!
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    Posted 12/21/2010 7:25 PM

    I think the only ones who have been consistently better that were mentioned are Love and Griffin. So if it comes down to record and Lamarcus keeps this up he should be an All Star, but I doubt it will happen.
    But Caron Butler??? Come on. They need to do something about the fans voting. Maybe narrow who they can actually vote for as a starter based on stats and minutes.
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  1. Kassandra
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    Posted 12/21/2010 7:29 PM

    over the past four games, LaMarcus is averaging 29.3 points and 12.8 rebounds. he's the leader of a team which is in playoff position and possesses a winning record. LaMarcus is certainly deserving of an all-star bid. the fact he's not in the top 10 in voting is because of the market size. while we can vote several times, so can more people in larger cities. to be honest, i'm not too worried about the fan voting; fans tend not to vote for the best players; rather the most popular ones.

    i had another thought on this, however. what if LaMarcus is voted by the coaches as a center? we know that Yao won't be playing, so what other center is deserving? yes, Bynum will receive a lot of votes because he plays in l.a., but i think LaMarcus could attain his spot at the center position.

    as far as the listed competition is concerned, Love is certainly a valid choice despite his team's record; Griffin might be a popular choice but his team's record is worse than minnesota; Milsap's numbers aren't as good as LaMarcus', nor does he mean as much to his team's success; and Nash is too far out of position for the conversation (yes, i know they'll pick anyone, but i just don't see him taking LaMarcus' spot).

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  1. blazerdarren77
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    Posted 12/21/2010 10:08 PM

    Aldridge's play has shown steady improvement as the season has progressed. With the week he had, he'll be motivated to continue to show that consistency on a nightly basis. If he has another impressive showing Saturday on national TV, the league will be forced to give him a spot.
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  1. Holojack
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    Posted 12/22/2010 12:18 AM

    Honestly since we're talking centers I think, as do many others, Marcus Camby deserves his spot. In my opinion, and not cause he's a blazer, he is the best center in the west right now. Up there in both shot blocking and rebounding and doing his fair share of scoring. He has earned this many years in a row but always seems to fly under the radar
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  1. kenny c.
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    Posted 12/22/2010 7:33 AM

    He will be selected by the coaches if he keeps up the relentless attack in the paint (rebounding and points). I think other teams coaches know how good L.A. is.

    Basketball fans around the country, don't see him in enough highlights on espn, nba.com, etc. so he is not hyped.
    I think if we can be in the 8th to 6th spot in the west and L.A. keeps playing the way he has, and he still doesn't make it, I will be pretty surprised.
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  1. Hopman27
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    Posted 12/22/2010 8:18 PM

    Proud of my boy, LaMarcus!
    Remember my old post guys?   "For LaMarcus Aldridge..."  Sorry for saying that, but I'm happy with myself.
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 12/23/2010 3:11 PM

    i think this poster child blake griffin may be a starting forward
    like with the way he has been playing, rookie or not, he has been the most efficient power forward in the west.
    with out a DOUBT!
    and you dont even have to watch sportscenter to know that. haha
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  1. Herr
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    Posted 12/24/2010 5:21 PM

    Two questions.

    1) When do the ASG players get announced?

    2) Why is Steve Nash there?  He's a guard, not a forward.


    I think Griffin is overrated and hear me out.  He's been the biggest guy on the court (And thus, can rebound).  There is really no one on the Clippers that can challenge him for rebounds except Kaman who's only played 10 games this season (last one was @ Portland).  He averages 36.6 minutes a game, just over 12 rebounds and just over 20 points a game being the number 1 scoring option.  He shoots 57.7% from the FT line and 51.2% from the field with most his shots coming from underneath the basket or at the rim going to dunk it.

    He's an amazing player to watch, no doubt about it, but does he really deserve All-Star credit?  Not yet.  At least one player on a horrible team is going to look great.  Take Beasley for example.  Sucked in Miami, where he wasn't the number one scoring option, but looks very good in Minnesota, where the only player he competes with is Love.

    Both him AND Love aren't good defenders at all.  LaMarcus isn't the best stat wise, but he's quick with his hands and has really stepped up on the defensive end.  Andrew Bogut, who scored 15 on whoever the hell guarded him in LAL, only scored 5 on LaMarcus, going 2-7.  On Gasol/Lamar/Bynum (who guarded him?), all who are on the All-Star ballot, scored 15 on 7-9 shooting.  Bogut is one of the top Centers/PF in the East.

    Now when we look at LaMarcus, who is arguably the 2nd/3rd/4th option on the Blazers...  scores averages (this season) 20 pts a game and 8.5 rebounds a game with Joel, Camby, Batum, Wesley, and the number one rebounding PG in the league (Andre miller) competing for boards along with the other team.  He shoots 47% while being a jumpshooter and under the basket.  He also has improved defensively, and averages 1.2 blocks a game.

    In the last 5 games, in which LaMarcus has "been playing the best basketball of his career", has shot 53-89 and averages 1.6 blocks, 26 points, 4.0 offensive rebounds, 1 assist 11.4 rebounds, and 1.4 turnovers.  Griffin averages only 3.  LaMarcus averages 1.9 for his season.

    LMA also has been becoming the Alley-op king, and leads the West in dunks for the month of December (yes, over Blake Griffin).

    I'd take LMA over Griffin, Love, and Lamar Odom without a doubt if I were a coach.  I'm not even going to bother comparing Millsap.  Too lazy to atm.
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  1. Posted 12/24/2010 5:27 PM

    Lets not forget that he might not be starter but a player who gets put in by the coaches. the coaches have recognized him with out a doubt so he'll probably make the team.
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 12/24/2010 7:03 PM

    Posted By Herr on 12/24/2010 5:21 PM
    Two questions.

    1) When do the ASG players get announced?

    2) Why is Steve Nash there?  He's a guard, not a forward.


    I think Griffin is overrated and hear me out.  He's been the biggest guy on the court (And thus, can rebound).  There is really no one on the Clippers that can challenge him for rebounds except Kaman who's only played 10 games this season (last one was @ Portland).  He averages 36.6 minutes a game, just over 12 rebounds and just over 20 points a game being the number 1 scoring option.  He shoots 57.7% from the FT line and 51.2% from the field with most his shots coming from underneath the basket or at the rim going to dunk it.

    He's an amazing player to watch, no doubt about it, but does he really deserve All-Star credit?  Not yet.  At least one player on a horrible team is going to look great.  Take Beasley for example.  Sucked in Miami, where he wasn't the number one scoring option, but looks very good in Minnesota, where the only player he competes with is Love.

    Both him AND Love aren't good defenders at all.  LaMarcus isn't the best stat wise, but he's quick with his hands and has really stepped up on the defensive end.  Andrew Bogut, who scored 15 on whoever the hell guarded him in LAL, only scored 5 on LaMarcus, going 2-7.  On Gasol/Lamar/Bynum (who guarded him?), all who are on the All-Star ballot, scored 15 on 7-9 shooting.  Bogut is one of the top Centers/PF in the East.

    Now when we look at LaMarcus, who is arguably the 2nd/3rd/4th option on the Blazers...  scores averages (this season) 20 pts a game and 8.5 rebounds a game with Joel, Camby, Batum, Wesley, and the number one rebounding PG in the league (Andre miller) competing for boards along with the other team.  He shoots 47% while being a jumpshooter and under the basket.  He also has improved defensively, and averages 1.2 blocks a game.

    In the last 5 games, in which LaMarcus has "been playing the best basketball of his career", has shot 53-89 and averages 1.6 blocks, 26 points, 4.0 offensive rebounds, 1 assist 11.4 rebounds, and 1.4 turnovers.  Griffin averages only 3.  LaMarcus averages 1.9 for his season.

    LMA also has been becoming the Alley-op king, and leads the West in dunks for the month of December (yes, over Blake Griffin).

    I'd take LMA over Griffin, Love, and Lamar Odom without a doubt if I were a coach.  I'm not even going to bother comparing Millsap.  Too lazy to atm.

    lol @ the nash comment. hahaha

    But hear this out, Griffin, is dominant, but the thing is he isnt the only good person on that team, Eric Gordon is Dope, Eric Bledsoe and Al Faruq Aminu, dang man.
    Griffin does dominate his team when it comes to bigs, but why should he get all star credit? Because not only is he doing great on his team, but he is making all of the other teams in the league look foolish. Why cant other teams stop him? Thats that point. Like yeah he is good, but why are they letting him?
    You know?
    Aldridge has been super super great this year, amazing, above expectations. But he still cannot put up a good game against teams with BETTER Pf's.

    Like if i remember correctly, which i was at the game and i remember it very clearly, Griffin was making Aldridge and camby look like a FOOOL.
    He is just playing with them, ball goes up one side, comes down the other, and back up that side, down the other, and back and forth, NO ONE IS DOING ANYTHING TO STOP IT.
    Why? because they cant. Griffin is to beastly.
    Thats my example. This guy can get 3- 4 boards in one trip, and you may say "haha why cant this guy make a shot, whats his problem?" Well some of the "better" PF's are playing good defense, then you may ask "well why do they keep letting him rebound the ball?" and the answer is, they have no choice, griffin is to intense.

    Aldridge may be playing the best basketball of his life, but this fool Griffin, is playing some of the best basketball in Power Forward History and that goes without question.
    I cant decide if i want Blake in there or Aldridge yet, but im saying both deserve it totally, and i wouldnt be surprised to see Blake get it.
    cant rag on Odom though, he's got more stamina and guts than more than half of everyone in the NBA.
    And millsap, one of the best rebounders in the league and ill say it just one more time because its just an amazing stat, Millsap was a Jr in college when he entered the draft as he left behind the only record of a single player leading the NCAA in rebounds for the past 3 years.
    BOOM. Show me  a guy who has that, and i can show you someone who can help you win.
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  1. Herr
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    Posted 12/24/2010 7:50 PM

    Correct me if I'm wrong but LMA put up like 35 against Tyson Chandler, Dirk Nowitzki, and Brendan Haywood on the same team.  I didn't get to catch the 2nd half of that game, where most of it happened, but the guy played great.

    There is still a bit of time for Aldridge to prove his worth.  About Griffin, name me some good powerfowards that he's gone up against.  Serious question I hardly watch the Clippers (for obvious reasons).  But from what I've seen, he hasn't been playing like an All-Star.  Again, that's from WHAT I'VE SEEN.  He also gets away with a lot of physical contact, over the backs, and pushes....  just saying...  (even the picture of him posted on this thread should have been an offensive foul)
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 12/24/2010 8:30 PM

    oh you sound like andre miller moments before he hit Blake.
    And no it wouldnt be a foul, the dude is posted in the down low area , half circle where you cant stand.
    Kevin Love, and Darko may not be in the top 10, but they were top 10 draft picks, like #2, #8, and Love did get that 30/30.
    so idk if that counts for much.
    Like i dont think you realize how many records this guy has broken and set in his first year.
    Not to mention the sheer uplift he has brought to this team, he has rejuvenated their spirits.
    Like you can say, "i dont think he is playing like an all star" but the stats he is producing straight up beg to differ, and to say that he "gets away" with those things, idk, to me thats a lame excuse/reason to not like him.
    Like MJ was defying and breaking the rules of gravity, no one complained.
    hahah.
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 12/24/2010 8:32 PM

    like to sum up this thread, imo, Aldridge is playing like and all star this year, he has reached the next level, but at the same time, there is "Still Too Much Competition Above Him".
    srry doublepost.
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  1. Kassandra
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    Posted 12/24/2010 9:08 PM

    yeah Steven, LaMarcus had 35 and 10 against Nowitzki and the mavericks; 36 and 10 against Love and the t-wolves; and 29 and 19 against Bogut and the bucks (when he was the primary center). so yes, he's played well against some of the better big men in the conference, if not the league.

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  1. I''m OUT!
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    Posted 12/24/2010 10:14 PM

    Nowitzki... not really known for his defense.
    But Lamarcus has been playing great as of late.
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  1. Herr
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    Posted 12/24/2010 10:58 PM

    The dude does get away wish pushing and shoving.  I have nothing against Blake, he just gets away with a lot.  MJ on the other hand didn't.  Don't get what you're trying to say there.

    Rejuvenates his team?  They're like what?  7-21 or so?  That's a great record, especially with the talent the Clippers already have.

    His stats on the defensive end are horrible, and he can't bring the team a win.  Meanwhile, LaMarcus has produced a tiny bit lower on rebounds and points but is better in every other category and has brought the team wins while playing 38 minutes every game on a much more brutal schedule than the Clippers and has been there for when the team needs him most.  He's stepped up, improved his game, and has been performing better than Griffin.  That's my opinion, and he should be in the All-Star game.
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  1. Kassandra
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    Posted 12/25/2010 5:35 PM

    Steven, not sure about your stats, but LaMarcus is averaging 1.2 points and 0.5 rebounds higher than he averaged last year.

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  1. TayC
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    Posted 12/25/2010 5:51 PM

    Posted By Herr on 12/24/2010 10:58 PM
    The dude does get away wish pushing and shoving.  I have nothing against Blake, he just gets away with a lot.  MJ on the other hand didn't.  Don't get what you're trying to say there.

    Rejuvenates his team?  They're like what?  7-21 or so?  That's a great record, especially with the talent the Clippers already have.

    His stats on the defensive end are horrible, and he can't bring the team a win.  Meanwhile, LaMarcus has produced a tiny bit lower on rebounds and points but is better in every other category and has brought the team wins while playing 38 minutes every game on a much more brutal schedule than the Clippers and has been there for when the team needs him most.  He's stepped up, improved his game, and has been performing better than Griffin.  That's my opinion, and he should be in the All-Star game.

    hahah it was kind of a joke.....
    But you see the all star is determined by how much they have helped their teams, with out L.A, we would not be the same team, no question.
    But as an individual in the league, the person that is making a bigger statement, blowing peoples minds, is griffin, and that is why he should get it.
    Remember Aldridge is just some guy, on that one team, where they dont win...hahaha, Aldridge is big in Portland, but Blake is stretching cross country.
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  1. RedRudy5
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    Posted 12/28/2010 12:44 PM

    I think if he keeps playing as he has lately he will get picked by the coaches
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  1. Herr
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    Posted 12/28/2010 11:43 PM

    Posted this on NBA.com...


    About this game, well... I have all the Blazers on twitter and over half of them complained about playing in the mile high city, this isn't new for the Blazers.  But, we completely missed Camby, and Dre and Mathews simply didn't show up.  Even though the Blazers lost this in the 3rd quarter,  LMA had an impressive night.

    37 minutes
    9-17
    18 points


     


    Now, most of you go "Well Blake Griffin and Love and Millsap are better!!!"  When people say that, it instantly tells me they have no idea who LaMarcus Aldridge is, or don't watch him play.  The man is a beast in the post now a days.  Has been very entertaining to watch, and has been scoring more dunks than Blake Griffin in the month of December.  But, the number one thing that stands out, is LMA is outperforming nearly every powerforward in the Western Conference on Defense.  Not to mention, a lot of his defensive moves are NOT presented on his statline.  He constantly is tipping balls out of opposing players hands and contesting shots.  No powerforward has really had it easy against him.  In this game Nene and Kenyon were shooting lights out (which is why we needed a center) and Dante was too small, so most of their stats was really just having Dante get abused.


    The rest of LMA's statline...


    13 rebounds 6 offense 7 defensive
    3 steals
    4 assists
    1 Turnover
    7 BLOCKS


    Basically, the man flirted with a triple double, in a category most people don't get triple doubles in.  In the past 5 games, in which Roy hasn't played,  LMA has really stepped up, averaging 21 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.


    I'm pretty sure George Karl and Jerry Sloan will be voting for LMA to be in it this year.  He was the main focus on both the defenses, and was difficult to stop.  I'd also like to add that LMA has been CONSTANTLY double teamed and triple teamed in this 5 game stretch.


    He now averages 19.2 pts and 8.5 rebounds.


    Comparing him to the Western powerfowards...


    Lamar Odom averages 15.8 pts and 9.8 rebounds with similar minutes
    Pau Gasol averages 19.5 pts and 11 rebounds with near dead even minutes of LMA
    Blake Griffin averages 21.2 pts and 12.4 rebounds with similar minutes
    Paul Millsap averages 17.6 pts and 7.9 rebounds with 34.8 minutes
    Kevin Love averages 20.6 pts and 15.5 rebounds in similar minutes
    Dirk Nowitzki averages 24.1 pts and 7.4 rebounds in similar minutes
    Tim Duncan averages 13.6 pts and 9.6 rebounds in 28.9 minutes


    Looking through this, LaMarcus Aldridge leads in blocks and steals.  A lot of which he doesn't get creditted for.  Most of these have also been the primary rebounder on the team.  The Blazers have always been a team focused on rebounds.  LaMarcus also has to compete with Marcus Camby who averages 10.9 rebounds a game.  So far, only Lamar and Odom have been performing better on the boards, since they compete with each other and average more,  but LMA scores more points than them.  (kind of easy to grab boards when Kobe misses so much isn't it?  I can make a case if you want).

    Anyways, I'll update this as time goes on, but honestly, the way LMA has been playing, which, at least in my opinion, is more superior than the others I listed besides Dirk and should be in the All-Star game.  I could also make a case that LMA is the best defensive power forward in the West right now.


    Basically, if he doesn't get it, I'll go around and personally backhand every coach in the Western Conference that didn't vote for him.

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  1. Herr
    Herr
    Posts: 643

    Posted 12/28/2010 11:45 PM

    Posted By TayC on 12/25/2010 5:51 PM
    Posted By Herr on 12/24/2010 10:58 PM
    The dude does get away wish pushing and shoving.  I have nothing against Blake, he just gets away with a lot.  MJ on the other hand didn't.  Don't get what you're trying to say there.

    Rejuvenates his team?  They're like what?  7-21 or so?  That's a great record, especially with the talent the Clippers already have.

    His stats on the defensive end are horrible, and he can't bring the team a win.  Meanwhile, LaMarcus has produced a tiny bit lower on rebounds and points but is better in every other category and has brought the team wins while playing 38 minutes every game on a much more brutal schedule than the Clippers and has been there for when the team needs him most.  He's stepped up, improved his game, and has been performing better than Griffin.  That's my opinion, and he should be in the All-Star game.

    hahah it was kind of a joke.....
    But you see the all star is determined by how much they have helped their teams, with out L.A, we would not be the same team, no question.
    But as an individual in the league, the person that is making a bigger statement, blowing peoples minds, is griffin, and that is why he should get it.
    Remember Aldridge is just some guy, on that one team, where they dont win...hahaha, Aldridge is big in Portland, but Blake is stretching cross country.
    Yeah, this is what scares me.  Blake Griffin has an amazing highlight reel, and people are already making claims that he could be the best PF of all time.

    In my opinion, the way he's playing, he'll be lucky to be playing past age 25.
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  1. blazersforlife234
    blazersforlife234
    Posts: 347

    Posted 12/28/2010 11:52 PM

    Posted By Herr on 12/28/2010 11:45 PM
    Posted By TayC on 12/25/2010 5:51 PM
    Posted By Herr on 12/24/2010 10:58 PM
    The dude does get away wish pushing and shoving.  I have nothing against Blake, he just gets away with a lot.  MJ on the other hand didn't.  Don't get what you're trying to say there.

    Rejuvenates his team?  They're like what?  7-21 or so?  That's a great record, especially with the talent the Clippers already have.

    His stats on the defensive end are horrible, and he can't bring the team a win.  Meanwhile, LaMarcus has produced a tiny bit lower on rebounds and points but is better in every other category and has brought the team wins while playing 38 minutes every game on a much more brutal schedule than the Clippers and has been there for when the team needs him most.  He's stepped up, improved his game, and has been performing better than Griffin.  That's my opinion, and he should be in the All-Star game.

    hahah it was kind of a joke.....
    But you see the all star is determined by how much they have helped their teams, with out L.A, we would not be the same team, no question.
    But as an individual in the league, the person that is making a bigger statement, blowing peoples minds, is griffin, and that is why he should get it.
    Remember Aldridge is just some guy, on that one team, where they dont win...hahaha, Aldridge is big in Portland, but Blake is stretching cross country.
    Yeah, this is what scares me.  Blake Griffin has an amazing highlight reel, and people are already making claims that he could be the best PF of all time.

    In my opinion, the way he's playing, he'll be lucky to be playing past age 25.
    ... please expand. Making posters out of people on being on a sportscenter top 10 every night will shorten a player's career? Dude is a beast, not sure if he'll make the all-star team this year, but he has had a great rookie year
    I am a fan of winning.
  1. freddead
    freddead
    Posts: 321

    Posted 12/29/2010 1:27 AM

    blake isnt good on D end of story his stats tell all you need to know
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  1. DHawes22
    DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 12/29/2010 11:42 AM

    LA did all he could last night, but without much help inside, there was no way we were going to be able to get the stops that we needed. He's definitely playing like the 3rd best PF out West behind Dirk and Duncan.
    I am a fan of
  1. TayC
    TayC
    Posts: 1804

    Posted 12/31/2010 12:08 PM

     Yeah, this is what scares me.  Blake Griffin has an amazing highlight reel, and people are already making claims that he could be the best PF of all time.

    In my opinion, the way he's playing, he'll be lucky to be playing past age 25.
    hahah i can feel you on that.
    But Blake is killin it, all over the all star ballot.
    I am a fan of The Blazers ♂, the £-Train, and of course, The ¤ King. ™
  1. Herr
    Herr
    Posts: 643

    Posted 01/02/2011 9:36 AM

    Posted By blazersforlife234 on 12/28/2010 11:52 PM
    Posted By Herr on 12/28/2010 11:45 PM
    Posted By TayC on 12/25/2010 5:51 PM
    Posted By Herr on 12/24/2010 10:58 PM
    The dude does get away wish pushing and shoving.  I have nothing against Blake, he just gets away with a lot.  MJ on the other hand didn't.  Don't get what you're trying to say there.

    Rejuvenates his team?  They're like what?  7-21 or so?  That's a great record, especially with the talent the Clippers already have.

    His stats on the defensive end are horrible, and he can't bring the team a win.  Meanwhile, LaMarcus has produced a tiny bit lower on rebounds and points but is better in every other category and has brought the team wins while playing 38 minutes every game on a much more brutal schedule than the Clippers and has been there for when the team needs him most.  He's stepped up, improved his game, and has been performing better than Griffin.  That's my opinion, and he should be in the All-Star game.

    hahah it was kind of a joke.....
    But you see the all star is determined by how much they have helped their teams, with out L.A, we would not be the same team, no question.
    But as an individual in the league, the person that is making a bigger statement, blowing peoples minds, is griffin, and that is why he should get it.
    Remember Aldridge is just some guy, on that one team, where they dont win...hahaha, Aldridge is big in Portland, but Blake is stretching cross country.
    Yeah, this is what scares me.  Blake Griffin has an amazing highlight reel, and people are already making claims that he could be the best PF of all time.

    In my opinion, the way he's playing, he'll be lucky to be playing past age 25.
    ... please expand. Making posters out of people on being on a sportscenter top 10 every night will shorten a player's career? Dude is a beast, not sure if he'll make the all-star team this year, but he has had a great rookie year

    The way he's playing isn't something you'd see 5 years from him now.  He plays fairly dangerously.  Flying around the hoop and trying to posterize people while doing insane dunks are high risk plays.  I won't be surprised if he falls on his butt and gets injured for a few games trying to dunk over someone.
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  1. freddead
    freddead
    Posts: 321

    Posted 01/02/2011 3:22 PM

    i dont even think ive ever seen blake take someone down on the block he cant pass either imo blake has way to many holes in his game to be an all star all he can do is dunk and rebound
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  1. TayC
    TayC
    Posts: 1804

    Posted 01/02/2011 7:10 PM

    well hes saving that franchise, no doubt
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  1. Herr
    Herr
    Posts: 643

    Posted 01/02/2011 10:16 PM

    Did some research.


    Zach Randolph had 21 pts on 11-17 shooting (3-4 at the FT line), 8 rebounds, 1 st, 1 assist, 1 turnover.  +15 (Won tonights game) in 34 minutes


    Lamar Odom had 7 pts on 3-8 shooting (1-4 at the FT line), 7 rebonds, 2 assists, 1 turnovers, 2 blocked shots, -22 (worst on team) (Lost tonights game) in 28 minutes


    Pau Gasol had 10 points on 5-9 shooting (0-0 at the FT line), 8 boards, 0 assists, 5 turnovers, 2 blocked shots, -14 (lost tonights game) in 31 minutes


    Luis Scola had 10 points on 5-8 shooting (0-0 at the FT line), 4 rebounds, 1 assist,  4 turnovers, -13 (lost tonights game) in 23 minutes


    LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 pts on 10-22 shooting (5-5 at the FT line), 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 1 block shot. +19 (Won tonights game) in 32 minutes


    Blake Griffin had 31 points on 11-22 shooting (9-14 at the FT line), 15 rebounds, 3 assist, 1 turnover, 1 blocked shot. -8 (lost tonights game) in 42 minutes.

    I didn't watch the Hawks-Clippers game, but I do know the Clippers were up big.  Griffin shot 50% and rebounded the ball and ended up with -8.  That just simply means him (and his team) failed at defense.  Those OFFENSIVE stats are incredible, but his defense is pathetic.  Not to mention 14 FTA...

    I think it's safe to say that LMA had the best night.  He also I think lead the entire NBA tonight in the +/- category but I may be wrong.  Zach Randolph had a great game as well, but I think LaMarcus out performed everyone and only played 32 minute.  That's nice to see, beating a team in a nearly MUST WIN game and having LMA only play 32 minutes.

    TayC - he is saving the franchise.  Got to give him that credit, but I do think he's a bit overrated to be called an "All-Star".  Just my opinion.

    The way LMA is playing, if he does not make it, we should report to the police because he'd been robbed.

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  1. TayC
    TayC
    Posts: 1804

    Posted 01/03/2011 7:15 PM

    try to look at it in this way, it has taken Aldridge a couple of years to play at this level, where as Blake is already being voted as an all star. Not just because the fans like him, but he is earning other players respect while being able to piss players like dre a 12 year vet off.
    He is a beast down low, and in that aspect it took aldridge a while to get it workin down low, he settled for jumpers, blake is almost opposite, he may take a shot for every 2-3-4 dunks, inside fights.
    i think that Aldridge is great, dont get me wrong, but i strongly believe that Blake can do what aldridge is doing in half the time, and he will have twice the success.
    I am a fan of The Blazers ♂, the £-Train, and of course, The ¤ King. ™
  1. blazerdarren77
    blazerdarren77
    Posts: 216

    Posted 01/03/2011 8:20 PM

    From now on, LaMarcus' last name will be Al(l-star)ridge!
    I am a fan of THE ROSE GARDEN FOREVER!!!
  1. Kassandra
    Kassandra
    Posts: 466

    Posted 01/03/2011 10:23 PM

    if LaMarcus played in a market the size of l.a., and Griffin played in a market the size of portland, LaMarcus would be receiving more votes. just a common sense thought.

    ~ Kassandra
    I am a fan of my team fighting to win each and every game.
  1. Herr
    Herr
    Posts: 643

    Posted 01/03/2011 10:34 PM

    This is pretty cool.  Got this from NBA.com in the player of the month honors.

    "Other nominees for Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Dallas Dirk Nowitzki, Golden State's Monta Ellis, New York's Amar'e Stoudemire, Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio's Tony Parker and Utah's Deron Williams."

    I don't see any other Western powerforwards there except Dirk and we already know he's likely to start.
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  1. freddead
    freddead
    Posts: 321

    Posted 01/04/2011 12:02 AM

    you also have to realize the difference in coaching we've got some of the best big men coaching in the league imo and blake plays for the clippers
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  1. Herr
    Herr
    Posts: 643

    Posted 01/04/2011 12:34 AM

    Are you making excuses for Griffin?  The point of the All-Star game is to accept ALL-STARS.  I could make the excuse that Camby hogs all of LMA's rebounds, and that Nate plays in a BALANCED scoring system.  If the team wanted to keep feeding Aldridge, he could potentially score 40 pts a game with ease the way he's playing, but lately in LaMarcus' amazing run the other players of the team have been scoring as well.  Mathews is averaging around 16 pts a game.  Andre around 10.  Batum even had 21 last night.  The point of being an All-Star is being one of the best players, and LMA has been one of the best players.  To get "Player of the Month" honorable mention with teams with lots of talent like Utah, OKC, Spurs, LAL, Denver, and Dallas is incredible.  This is a huge achievement for Aldridge to be mentioned.

    And again, I can't stress this enough, players that DO NOT WIN GAMES do not get into the ASG.  Every player in the ASG last season was on a .500+ team except Kaman and Lee.  Guess what?  They only made it by REPLACING players.

    And again, Blake needs to improve on defense.  No doubt he'll be an All-star, but he's NOT ready this year.  That's my opinion.
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  1. Devyn Lindquist
    Devyn Lindquist
    Posts: 1

    Posted 01/04/2011 12:46 AM

    I'm not so sure I accept a Blake Griffin for LaMarcus Aldridge trade straight up right now.

    a #1 overall pick for a #2 overall pick, both playing very well.
    I am a fan of Wesley throwin up his T's(three goggles)
  1. DHawes22
    DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 01/04/2011 9:42 PM

    You know LA is playing at an elite level when you see the box score and 28 points and 10 rebounds are starring you in the eyes and you can't remember most of it. A very quiet night for LA, yet the numbers he posted were still outrageous.
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  1. gimmlee
    gimmlee
    Posts: 4

    Posted 01/05/2011 7:36 PM

    Should he be, YES, most definitely.  Will he be?  Probably not 'cause people are f-tards and LA isn't a big drama queen so he doesn't get the acknowledgement that he deserves.
    I am a fan of its about time!
  1. Herr
    Herr
    Posts: 643

    Posted 01/05/2011 9:40 PM

    People seem to forget fans vote the STARTERS, while respected coaches vote the reserves.  LMA obviously isn't going to be a starter.  A good friend of mine EwoynAmarie said it perfectly on fanvoice that, take Roy as example.  Last season, no question he was the 3rd best SG behind Wade and Kobe (in fact, Roy could be considered better than Kobe if he was actually playing this season and healthy), anyways, he was like dead last in voting for shooting guards, yet so many people around the league agree that Brandon Roy was 2nd best at that position in the West.

    These players are obviously underrated.  Most the people that I talk about on NBA.com say "Oh XXX is better" and I ask them "have you even seen LaMarcus play?".  They either don't reply, or try to change the subject, or just admit they haven't.

    Everyday LaMarcus is proving more and more he should be an All-Star.  He had 27 pts in this game.  Right now, against the WEAK defensive Phoenix team, Pau Gasol has TWO POINTS.  Basically, it just amazes me how LMA proves he's an All-Star while people that are being voted by the idiot fanbase are proving that they don't deserve to be an all-star.  Call me biased, but LaMarcus is playing way better basketball than Gasol is.
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  1. Herr
    Herr
    Posts: 643

    Posted 01/05/2011 9:42 PM

    I should note that I was listening via the Houston Broadcasting crew and both of them said that LMA should be starting in the ASG.  One of the them was Clyde Drexler (Who showed obviously bias for Houston).
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posts: 1669

    Posted 01/06/2011 3:21 AM

    That guy is killin' it right now. I mean A-1 steak sauce, straight killin' it!!
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. kenny c.
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    Posts: 418

    Posted 01/06/2011 7:02 AM

    WITH WHAT HE IS DOING BY HIS PLAY AND BY KEEPING HIS TEAM IN PLAYOFF CONTENTION, HE BETTER GET IN THAT GAME!!!!!!!
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