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LaMarcus Aldridge: ‘Wrong’ for Warriors to have four All-Stars to Spurs’ one

San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots over Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter of an NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on April 7, 2016 in Oakland, California. 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 Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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The 46-8 Warriors have four All-Stars: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

The 41-13 Spurs have one All-Star: Kawhi Leonard.

San Antonio forward LaMarcus Aldridge, via Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports:

“I’m older, so I’m not going to come home and be mad or anything,” Aldridge, 31, told The Vertical. “But I do think that it was wrong for Golden State to have four [All-Stars] and we’re a few games behind and only have one. It is what it is. I’m in this position and I’m going to enjoy my break and just come back fresh.”


I don’t like this paradigm of assigning All-Stars. A good team might have a balanced, starless roster. A bad team might have two stars and a bad supporting cast. An All-Star appearance is an individual honor. Team success can indicate an individual’s worthiness, but it shouldn’t determine it.

The Spurs have one superstar (Leonard) and one other player who warranted All-Star consideration: Aldridge, an All-Star the previous five years. They’re so good because they have a great coach in Gregg Popovich and deep supporting cast. San Antonio’s other starters are solid, and the back end of its rotation is (relatively) awesome.

Golden State has four stars. Everybody knows that.

Personally, I would’ve made three Warriors and one Spur All-Stars.