Stripped from the consistently fantastic Morning Tip comes the latest from NBA.com's (and other outlets) David Aldridge:
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Center: Marc Gasol, Memphis
Aldridge had a fine season, but his Blazers are a mess and he couldn't lift them any higher that being eliminated over a week ago before ending his season ended as well after 55 games.
We have obviously and transparently made the case for Josh Smith a little while ago, and seriously never thought about Aldridge as the possible winner of the last spot. Even if you were looking strictly at PER, Blake Griffin would be better.
A more all-around player? You'd have to consider Smith and Al Jefferson for that spot.
A truly fantastic season? It wasn't Aldridge, who while being an effective shot-maker, didn't move the needle like Smith did this season for the Hawks, carrying the team while Joe Johnson was down and Al Horford missed the season.
Exit Question: What say you, ATL? A couple of weeks ago, the field was split on Smith as All-NBA, but surely we can all agree that Smith is more worthy than Aldridge, or can we?