San Antonio Spurs star LaMarcus Aldridge earned himself the Western Conference Player of the Week award.
While Kawhi Leonard missed all but nine games this season, the San Antonio Spurs relied on LaMarcus Aldridge for support. It was after a down year that led to offseason speculation, a trade demand and a contract extension. However, Aldridge has produced his best statistical campaign since signing in the 2015 offseason, with 23.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 33.5 minutes per game.
Once again, for the week of Mar. 19 to 25, Aldridge stepped up. This was part of the Spurs’ six-game winning streak, which was snapped Sunday vs. the Milwaukee Bucks. For this performance the NBA gave him the Western Conference Player of the Week award. The following stat-line averages resulted from four games played (3-1 record):
59.6 percent (56-94) from the field
86.7 (26-30) from the foul line
Aldridge joined Tim Duncan and David Robinson as the only Spur to win Player of the Week at least 10 times. Not even Leonard clinched this recognition.
Without one-half of San Antonio’s “Big 2,” if it can be called that, does the Texas product deserve All-Star consideration? Houston Rockets star James Harden has dominated the conversation, with LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers sprinkled in. Spurs fans, though, want to see the team’s leading scorer (he’s led the team in scoring 52 times this season) up for consideration, for the NBA’s top honor.
It might be Harden’s year, but will Aldridge receive votes? Fans will not learn this until after the season ends, any positive nod at the latter’s season should go a long way toward how he led this battered and bruised team through a tumultuous 74 games and counting.
If not MVP consideration, there’s a case for Aldridge to make the All-NBA First or Second Team when the awards show takes place this summer. Will he place when other big men including Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Davis and Nikola Jokic have had spectacular seasons of their own?
What’s next for the six-time All-Star? Potentially the playoffs, pending the Spurs get there with eight games to go. If they get Leonard back for this run, how far can they go?