The All-NBA Team for the 2014-15 season has been announced and Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge has cracked the list as one of the best players in the league.
Aldridge was named to the All-NBA 2nd Team in company with Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.
Forwards Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers were named to the 1st Team ahead of Aldridge. Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Marc Gasol rounded out the first-team list.
Blake Griffin of the Clippers and Tim Duncan of the Spurs were the 3rd Team forwards.
Aldridge received 13 votes for the 1st Team and 390 points total but this was dwarfed by 129 first place votes for James (a unanimous ballot, an honor Curry also received) and 119 for Davis. They totaled 645 and 625 points respectively. Points are awarded on a 5-3-1 basis for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place votes.
Portland point guard Damian Lillard received 22 total points, placing him 21st overall on the ballot, 9th best among guards.
Aldridge averaged 23 points and 10 rebounds in 71 appearances for the Trail Blazers this season.
Update from the Blazers:
This represents the third All-NBA honor for Aldridge, and the first Second Team honor he has received in his nine-year NBA career. It's also the first time that a Portland player has earned Second Team honors since Brandon Roy in 2008-09 (seventh overall). Aldridge was previously named All-NBA Third Team in 2010-11 and 2013-14.