Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin will start for the West in the NBA All-Star Game.
The starters are voted on by fans, and coaches choose the remaining spots for the All-Star Game roster.
Griffin, 25, will be making his fifth consecutive All-Star appearance.
The All-Star Game is Feb. 13-15 in New York.
"It’s an honor. All-star weekend is a fan thing," Griffin said recently when asked about starting in the All-Star Game. "It’s for the fans. It’s an honor to be able to start, but if I do or I don’t I’m still going to play the same way."
Chris Paul has made seven All-Star appearances and can still make the All-Star team as a coach’s selection.
Joining Griffin as the West starters are: Marc Gasol, Anthony Davis, Kobe Bryant and Steph Curry. Bryant’s status for the All-Star Game is in question since an MRI Wednesday revealed that he has a tear in the rotator cuff of his right shoulder. The severity is yet to be determined.
This season, Griffin is 23 points per game, 7.6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Griffin is certainly popular among fans and his All-Star status rose with that leap over the Kia to win the dunk contest at Staples Center in 2011. That was his first All-Star appearance, and he hasn’t missed one since.