Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are likely headed to the big game in Nola next month, and according to Nic Batum, the Portland Trail Blazers deserve a third representative: himself. Batum feels he’s earned an All-Star nod with his play so far this season. Per CSNNW:
Nicolas Batum is averaging 13.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 6.8 assists for the season and is Portland’s most versatile defender. He has two triple-doubles and has fallen just short for more a handful of time this season.
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. “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.”
There’s still more games left to play for Batum to make his case but he says if Portland finishes as the top team in the conference heading into the All-Star break, he believes Portland should be awarded with three representatives.
“If we’re in first, yes, I believe we should get three,” Batum said. “If I do, I would be proud to represent Rip City and France.”