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Aldridge's Averages

The brightest spot of this season so far has been Aldridge, without a doubt. While many analysts and even fans believed that he had "reached his ceiling", Aldridge up'd his game to another level this season. All Star level. Unfortunately for him, being at that level doesn't guarantee you place on the All Star team. There are snubs every year, but still, there are many instances in which he can make it.  

His biggest competitors right now are Blake Griffin and Kevin Love, with writers on ESPN writing articles on how Griffin may be the "greatest rookie of all time", and Love averaging well over a double-double every night. For him to beat them, look for a few things to happen.

Firstly, he needs to continue his stat rampage through the 14 games remaining before the all star break. As of today he is averaging 21.1 ppg and 8.8 rebounds a game. Since Brandon went down ( 17 games) he's averaging 26.5 ppg and 10.3 rebounds. If he continues at that pace 'til the All Star break, he will be averaging 22.4 ppg and 9.1 rebounds. I think we will see both his rebounding and ppg average be even higher than that, with Marcus Camby being out with a knee injury, he will see more rebounds come his way, and in the last 10 games he has scored 25+ in..... wait for it... 9 of them. I expect to see a few more 30+ games from him as well.

Secondly, the team needs to win. They don't need to dominate, but to keep that winning record argument against the before mentioned players, they need to stay around .500, and not drop any games in too big a fashion. Even with Camby out, they have a good chance at doing it with 2 games against the Kings,2 against the Pacers, and games against the Clippers. Cavs, Raptors, Pistons, and Timberwolves, all who are well below .500. Their hardest 3 games against the Celtics, Spurs, and Bulls are all at home, giving them a good chance at being over .500 at the break. 

Lastly, He needs the last spot or two on the All Star team to go to a forward, and have the rest of the team filled in accordingly. Having Pau Gasol used as a center would help, along with Carmelo being traded and out voting Monte Ellis, Lamar Odom, and Steve Nash. 

Of course, if he keeps on scoring the way he has and takes over the rebounding with Camby's absence, there maybe no other choice but to put him on the team. And if his numbers continue at the pace they have the last 17 games until the end of the year, he would have an average of 23.7 ppg and 9.4 rebounds. Which, comparing to scoring averages right now, would have him as the third highest scoring Forward in the west, and the second highest scoring Power Forward, .1ppg behind Nowitzki's current 23.8 average. All projected numbers, I know, but if it doe's continue at the pace it has been, and likely will, he may be looking at more than just an All star team. He'll be pushing an All Pro team. 

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