Clippers PG Chris Paul makes All-Star team for eighth straight year
Chris Paul is going to the All-Star Game, again.
Paul will make his eighth consecutive appearance in the All-Star Game in New York, this time as a Western Conference reserve, as voted by coaches.
He’s the third Clippers player who will participate in the All-Star weekend. Blake Griffin was voted as a starter by fans, and J.J. Redick was chosen to participate in the 3-point shooting contest. It’s Redick’s first appearance in any All-Star activities.
“There’s a lot of guys who play in this league a long time that never get that experience,” Paul said last week. “It’s always something that’s pretty cool, especially for my family.”
Joining Paul as the other All-Star reserves are Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Klay Thomson, LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan.
Paul is averaging 17.5 points per game for the Clippers (32-14), and he’s third in the NBA in assists, averaging 9.7 per game.
Griffin tweeted: “Congrats to my boy @CP3 for the well deserved all star selection!”
Congrats to my boy @CP3 for the well deserved all star selection!
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) January 30, 2015
Damian Lillard and DeMarcus Cousins were left off the team. Lillard told Blazers.com that he’d be “pissed off” if he didn’t make the team.
Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan was not selected to the team, either. Jordan has joked that Griffin FaceTimes him from the All-Star Game so that he feels like he’s there.
Doc Rivers did the customary thing last week of calling coaches to campaign for both Paul and Jordan to make the All-Star team.
Paul has said he usually brings all of his family each year, and he recalled how his wife didn’t go in 2013. Paul was a starter that year, and he was a reserve last year and will be a reserve this year, too.
“They usually always go. The year I won MVP my wife actually didn’t come because she was tired of going and not getting a chance to see me,” Paul said.
— Jill Painter Lopez (@jillpainter) January 30, 2015