Will the best team (arguably) in the Western Conference get three All-Stars named to the team?
With the overwhelming opinion that LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard are virtual locks for New Orleans, the verdict is still out for the third best player on the pleasantly surprising Portland Trail Blazers – Nicolas Batum.
With the Western All-Star starters already pretty much a lock (Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin), he’ll have to make the team as a reserve (obviously).
In any case, Batum was asked if he felt he should be an All-Star this season. He didn’t hesitate with his answer.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard are virtual locks to be in New Orleans playing on that Sunday. So when asked Saturday night if he feels like he deserves to be an All-Star, the small forward didn’t hesitate to give you his thoughts.
“Yes, of course,” Batum said to CSNNW.com. “If they have to pick one small forward behind K.D. (Kevin Durant), I think it should be me.”
“Because of the numbers that I have and the way I play with this team,” he responded. “I got two triple-doubles and I should have about five or six. And we’re 31-9, maybe the best team in the West so far. I think it’ll be tough to get three All-Stars because Damian and L.A. are going to be in it. And our coach, too. But I deserve consideration.”
Batum also went on to say that the Blazers should get three players named to the All-Star team if they are at the top of the standings. The question is: will they select another small forward behind Durant to join the West reserves? And if so, will that be Batum – and if his 13.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game are good enough?
Batum sure thinks so.