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Nicolas Batum Says He Should Be Selected As An All-Star This Year

Nobody expected the Portland Trail Blazers to be as great as they have been this season, the Blazers are second place in the West with a record of 31-9. It is almost guaranteed that the Blazer’s dynamic duo of LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard will be selected as All-Stars, however their team mate Nicolas Batum feels that he should also be in the All-Star game next month in New Orleans.

As 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 to CSNNW.com. “If they have to pick one small forward behind K.D. (Kevin Durant), I think it should be me.”

Why?

“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.”

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