LaMarcus Aldridge selected to All-NBA Second Team

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After a season of resurgence, LaMarcus Aldridge received his official honor on Thursday.

Aldridge was named to the All-NBA Second Team, marking the fifth time he's been selected to an All-NBA Team. Aldridge was also selected to the Second Team in 2015, and the Third Team in 2011, 2014, and 2016.

With Kawhi Leonard unavailable for all but nine games this season, Aldridge carried the load for the Spurs. He led the team in scoring (23.1 points per game), rebounding (8.5), and was selected to his sixth NBA All-Star Game.

Following an offseason where many around the NBA thought Aldridge's time in San Antonio was over after a difficult transition, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich met with the forward to repair the relationship last summer.

Aldridge, 32, admitted the dialogue was helpful, and eventually led to him signing three-year, $72 million extension last October.

"It was just a process of me trying to figure out how to be better here," Aldridge told the Express-News on Dec. 6. "Looking at myself, trying to figure out ways where I can be more helpful and winning here. That's what I feel like had to happen – us having great dialogue back and forth, talking about how we felt about things. It was good."

With 236 total votes, Aldridge joins Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan, Philadelphia center Joel Embiid and Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook on the Second Team.

With Aldridge's selection, this marks the 21st consecutive season the Spurs have been represented on an All-NBA Team, which is the longest active streak in the NBA.