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Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge ranks eleventh among Western Conference frontcourt players in the third round of All-Star returns.
Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge rose one spot in the third round of 2013 NBA All-Star voting returns.
In the first round, released three weeks ago, Aldridge finished tenth among Western Conference frontcourt players. In the second round, released last week, Aldridge slipped to twelfth. In the third round, released on Thursday, Aldridge was back up to eleventh.
Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports that Blazers coach Terry Stotts is on the campaign trail on Aldridge's behalf.
"I think LaMarcus is an All-Star; I firmly believe that,'' Stotts said Thursday morning before the Blazers left Toronto for Memphis. "The fact that he is one of four players in the league averaging 20 and 8 ... I think that's extremely good company.''
"As much notoriety as Nic (Batum) and Damian (Lillard) have been getting, which they deserve, LaMarcus is the guy who holds it together for us,'' Stotts said. "When things start going bad for us, we look to him to bail us out. And he has been our most consistent performer. I just think he has a game that people have come to take for granted.'
Only the top three frontcourt players and top two backcourt players will be selected as starters. Fans pick the starters; coaches pick the reserves. Aldridge was a coach's selection in 2012, his only All-Star appearance.
Here are the full third-round results.
|LeBron James (Mia) 1,151,304||Dwyane Wade (Mia) 765,077|
|Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 1,054,099||Rajon Rondo (Bos) 675,822|
|Kevin Garnett (Bos) 390,751||Deron Williams (BKN) 350,618|
|Chris Bosh (Mia) 362,973||Kyrie Irving (Cle) 308,878|
|Tyson Chandler (NYK) 315,752||Ray Allen (Mia) 232,441|
|Paul Pierce (Bos) 205,096||Monta Ellis (Mil) 84,609|
|Joakim Noah (Chi) 158,743||Raymond Felton (NYK) 77,123|
|Josh Smith (Atl) 131,508||Jrue Holiday (Phi) 66,514|
|Anderson Varejao (Cle) 116,166||Jason Terry (Bos) 62,189|
|Shane Battier (Mia) 107,190||Brandon Jennings (Mil) 56,826|
|Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 104,109|
|Andrew Bynum (Phi) 93,611|
|Luol Deng (Chi) 90,736|
|Brook Lopez (BKN) 76,695|
|Jeff Green (Bos) 62,367|
|Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,088,797||Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,177,456|
|Dwight Howard (LAL) 716,671||Chris Paul (LAC) 651,893|
|Blake Griffin (LAC) 593,024||Jeremy Lin (Hou) 605,624|
|Tim Duncan (SA) 352,534||James Harden (Hou) 337,585|
|Pau Gasol (LAL) 239,440||Russell Westbrook (OKC) 268,558|
|Kevin Love (Min) 221,291||Steve Nash (LAL) 202,274|
|Omer Asik (Hou) 160,935||Tony Parker (SA) 128,966|
|Rudy Gay (Mem) 140,864||Ricky Rubio (Min) 112,352|
|Serge Ibaka (OKC) 134,172||Stephen Curry (GS) 97,761|
|Marc Gasol (Mem) 114,465||Manu Ginobili (SA) 84,564|
|LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 111,156|
|Zach Randolph (Mem) 111,046|
|Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 106,623|
|Metta World Peace (LAL) 106,025|
|Chandler Parsons (Hou) 93,057|
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