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LaMarcus Aldridge is an All-Star.

The NBA announce today that Aldridge -- the Trail Blazers' sixth-year power forward -- has been voted onto the Western Conference team for the NBA All-Star Game by a ballot of the conference coaches.

Aldridge, 26, is the 15th player in the 42-year history of the Blazers to be picked to play in an All-Star Game. He is the first Portland player picked since his former teammate, Brandon Roy, was selected to the 2010 game as a reserve.

The All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, Feb. 26, in Orlando. Aldridge will join a West team that includes former Lake Oswego High School star Kevin Love of Minnesota, who was voted a reserve for the the second consecutive season.

Going into Thursday's NBA games, the 6-foot-11, 240-pound Aldridge was ranked No. 5 in the league in scoring average at 23.3 points per game and was shooting 50.9 percent from the field, both on pace to be career highs. He also was averaging 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

Although he had been mentioned as an All-Star candidate in previous years, last season was the first time he emerged as a seemingly legitimate one. With Roy -- who came into the league with Aldridge in 2006 -- fighting knee issues that would later force him to retire, Aldridge stepped into the role of the Blazers' go-to player, and he responded in a big way.
http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2012/02/lamarcus_aldridge_becomes_15th_trail_blazers_selec.html
 
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