Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge and guard Damian Lillard were named 2014 NBA All-Star reserves by a vote of Western Conference head coaches, it was announced today by the league.
Aldridge, 28, is posting career highs of 24.3 points (47.1 FG%), 11.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists this season for the Trail Blazers (33-13), ranking fifth in scoring, fifth in rebounding and second in field goals (459) among league leaders. A three-time NBA Western Conference Player of the Week this season, Aldridge became the third player in the league this year and second fastest in franchise history to score 1,000 points. He recently moved into third place on Portland’s all-time scoring ledger with 10,418 points.
Playing in his third consecutive NBA All-Star Game, Aldridge becomes the fifth player in franchise history to be selected three times, joining Clyde Drexler (8), Sidney Wicks (4), Maurice Lucas (3) and Brandon Roy (3).
Last season’s unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year, Lillard, 23, is averaging 20.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists to go with a 41.3% (136-for-329) mark from 3-point range. He leads all sophomores in scoring and assists, while ranking third in the NBA in 3-pointers made and 14th in scoring. Upon registering his 200th assist earlier this month, Lillard became the third NBA player to register 700 points, 200 assists and 100 rebounds this season.
Lillard is a first-time NBA All-Star and the fifth player in franchise history to be selected in his first two seasons, joining Geoff Petrie (1971), Wicks (1972), Lucas (1977) and Roy (2008). His inclusion on this year’s team makes him the 16th player to be named an NBA All-Star in franchise history.
The 2014 NBA All-Star Game will mark the ninth time the Trail Blazers will feature multiple players in the game, and the first since 1994, when Drexler and Cliff Robinson represented Rip City in Minneapolis.
The starting five in the Western Conference, decided by fan balloting, consists of Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City), Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers), Kevin Love (Minnesota) and Stephen Curry (Golden State). Rounding out the reserves from the coaches’ vote are James Harden (Houston), Dwight Howard (Houston), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas), Tony Parker (San Antonio) and Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers).
The 2014 NBA All-Star Game will tip-off at 5 p.m. (Pacific) on Sunday, Feb. 16, from New Orleans Arena.