It's that now the Blazers are good and people are paying attention
There's no shame in being "only" a quasi All Star. If Aldridge were more than quasi, he'd have shown it by now, especially with all the injuries Portland has had basically dumping the team on his shoulders. He's been a 21/9 guy until this season where he stepped up to 23/11. How long can he keep this pace up? He'll be 29 next season, do you really expect him to maintain that pace for long once he's on the other side of 30? Let's say he does the 23/11 thing for the next 2 seasons, then he goes back to the 21/9 range for several years. That's what a quasi All Star looks like.
Compare that to a guy like Kevin Love who will only be 26 at the start of next season, his last 4 seasons have been:
18.3/14 (injury riddled 18 game season)
I'm not saying Aldridge is bad by any means, there just are talent tiers in the NBA, and it's pretty clear which one he's in. The point of this thread is that I think Holiday, Evans and Anderson are in the same tier and when AD is 25 and battling to be the top player in the league, those 3 will hopefully be hitting their peaks where on any given night they can play as well as anyone, just like Aldridge is starting to do now.
This post was edited on 5/6 at 10:29 am