With an announcement scheduled for halftime of the Bulls-Knicks game, we find out that both Blake Griffin and Chris Paul have been selected as Western Conference All-Star starters.
Four Paul, it’s his fifth selection in five years in the league, his fourth straight as a starter — although he missed the game two seasons ago while recovering from knee surgery. Griffin will make his second All-Star appearance in two seasons playing — his first as a starter — after edging out forwards such as LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love and Dirk Nowitzki in the fan voting.
For those keeping score at home, that’s now two players on the Clippers roster who are batting 1.000 in All-Star selections for their careers.
The franchise has had 18 individual selections since its inception in 1971 as the Buffalo Braves, eight since moving to Los Angeles 29 years ago. This marks only the second time they will have multiple All-Stars — Bob McAdoo and Randy Smith both made it in 1976 — and the first time they will send two starters.
They continue a positive trend with at least one representative to the All-Star for the third consecutive year: Chris Kaman made it in 2010 and Griffin was a reserve as a rookie. But this is perhaps the best indication yet that the Clippers have arrived in the minds of NBA fans. In Paul and Griffin, they have not only deserving participants — even if you prefer one of the other options at power forward as a starter — but as resounding a presence as any team on arguably the game’s largest stage. If the Blake Show was entertaining last year, you’d imagine this could be twice as fun.
Los Angeles will represent 4/5 of the Western Conference starting lineup, with Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum joining the two Clippers and Kevin Durant. They will face Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard from the East.
The people have spoken.