For the fourth year in a row, Chris Paul will join Blake Griffin in the All-Star Game after being named an All-Star reserve last night.
It’ll be Paul’s eighth time as an All-Star (his fourth as a Clipper) and the second straight year he’ll be coming off the bench.
“It is a true honor to be selected by the coaches to be in the All-Star Game,” Paul said in a statement per NBA.com.
Although Paul’s a regular feature of the All-Star Weekend, this year’s selection wasn’t guaranteed with the Western Conference jam-packed full of deserving selections.
Other players joining Paul off the bench in the Western Conference include: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City), James Harden (Houston), Klay Thompson (Golden State), LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland) and Tim Duncan (San Antonio).
As always, somebody’s missing out. This year’s most notable snubs include: Damian Lillard (Portland), Mike Conley (Memphis) and DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento).
But what’s an All-Star game without CP3?
Paul’s got the highest assist rate in All-Star game history at 12.5 per game and in a game full of highlight plays it helps to have a guy who doesn’t mind setting his teammates up.
In 2013, Paul won the All-Star Game MVP leading the West to a 143-138 victory over the East with 20 points, 15 assists and 4 steals.
A rise in the rankings for the Clippers over the past couple of weeks probably helped Paul’s claim. The Clippers were underwhelming out of the gates this season but on the back of a six-game winning streak now find themselves fourth in the Western Conference standings.
Paul’s numbers aren’t as mind-boggling as in the past but he’s still averaging 17.5 points per contest along with 4.7 rebounds and 9.7 assists (3rd in the league). His assist-to-turnover ratio is off the charts.
Backcourt running-mate JJ Redick will also be representing the Clippers in New York. He’s been named to compete in the 3-point contest.
Despite overtures from coach Doc Rivers, Clippers’ center DeAndre Jordan again missed out on selection.