ESPN Experts Agree: Blazers F LaMarcus Aldridge Will Make Next All-Star Game

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 21: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers dunks against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2011 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

A panel of ESPN.com's NBA experts agree that Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who was left off the 2011 NBA All-Star team in favor of Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love and Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, will make his first All-Star Game whenever the NBA decides to get around to playing them again.

J.A. Adande: LaMarcus Aldridge. He deserved a spot on last season's squad, especially when you consider he averaged almost eight points per game more than Tim Duncan on the season. Will Duncan continue to get a spot based on career achievement, or is it time for a new wave to take over?

Chad Ford: LaMarcus Aldridge. The West is overloaded with power forwards, but it will become increasingly harder to pick Tim Duncan with the way Aldridge came on last season.

John Hollinger: LaMarcus Aldridge, who got the shaft a season ago thanks to the surplus of quality power forwards in the Western Conference but is unlikely to get short shrift again.

Marc Stein: LaMarcus Aldridge is another obvious choice, but West forward is pretty much the worst position to play if you're trying to get an All-Star invite.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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