After what many thought was a snub last year, LaMarcus Aldridge is finally an All-Star.
The Trail Blazers' forward earned his spot on the Western Conference team in voting by the conference's coaches. The All-Star starters were selected by in fans voting.
Aldridge, who is in his sixth season, is averaging 23.3 points and 8.5 rebounds. He's one of just three players shooting better than 50 percent from the floor (245 for 481, 50.9 percent).
''LaMarcus is a premier player in this league and I'm very happy to see him be recognized for his efforts as a player and a leader,'' Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. ''He improves every season and this is validation for all the hard work he's put in to become an All-Star.''
Aldridge has scored in double figures in all 26 games this season for the Blazers (14-12). He has six double-doubles, and had 33 points and 23 rebounds in a Jan. 20 game against Toronto.
In an interview last week with The Associated Press, Aldridge said felt he played we...