When was the last time fans saw an NBA All #Star Game without a player from San Antonio Spurs? It is hard to imagine that it might happen this year. The majority of the fans, mostly the young ones don’t seem to appreciate the greatness of Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Manu Ginobili.

Spurs are still considered as a small market team. They are not like Los Angeles Lakers or New York Knicks who are still regarded as the Cinderella teams of the NBA. Although their record is a lot better than the big market teams, the Spurs are not in the spotlight. This is one of the reasons why some fans don’t appreciate the western powerhouse.

The case of LaMarcus Aldridge

It's no secret LaMarcus Aldridge is still a threat on the basketball court. Technically, he is not the face of the franchise as it's Kawhi Leonard that holds that position. However, during the Klaw’s absence due to injury, Aldridge has been a steady anchor on the paint. This season, the former Texas Longhorn standout is averaging 22.6 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game while shooting at an incredible 49.6% field goal percentage. But this is still overshadowed by #Blake Griffin due to his flashy game style. Also, he is playing with one of the teams in Los Angeles, the Clippers.

Kawhi Leonard is still a beast

San Antonio Spurs fans were relieved when they finally saw Kawhi Leonard play this season. But it was cut short due to another injury which is now a big concern to the Spurs organisation.

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The Klaw played a couple of games and he was showing what he is capable of which the Spurs fans always enjoy. As of right now, The Klaw is still behind with All Star Votes. He might not be able to play this All Star Game but it should not be because of lack of voting but because of injury.

Manu Ginobili’s last stand

The multiple All Star might not be the same player as he was during his peak. But no one can deny what he is doing right now. Manu Ginobili is already 40-years old and still playing at a high level. He set a record the other day as the first and only 40-year old player to have back to back 20+ points a game while coming off the bench. Ginobili is not a fan of being in the spotlight but it is hard to ignore the work that he has done for this season.

Regardless of the outcome of the NBA All Star voting, to the real fans of basketball, they should appreciate the work that these three individuals are doing. They are not the most athletic or charismatic type of players but they know how to win.