GRIFFIN MAKES HISTORY WITH FOURTH ALL-STAR SELECTION

Blake Griffin is headed to the All-Star Game in February, again.

The NBA announced Thursday that Griffin will start the 2014 All-Star game in New Orleans alongside Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry. He finished with 688,466 votes, second among Western Conference frontcourt players.

“I am honored to be selected a starter for the All-Star game,” Griffin said. “It means a lot for it to come from the fans and I look forward to representing the Clippers in New Orleans.”

Griffin is the 25th player all-time and the only active player to make the All-Star team in each of his first four seasons. Tim Duncan would likely have qualified, but there was no All-Star game in 1999 due to the schedule being shortened to 50 games due to the lockout.

 

Griffin’s fourth year has arguably been his finest, even with a crowded group among big men in the West. He is averaging a career-best 22.6 points per game, a number that has elevated to nearly 26 points per game in the last month. He’s improved his shooting percentages and defense. And he’s the only player in the league averaging at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and shooting 50 percent from the field.

He’s the first player to ever make an All-Star team four times as a member of the Clippers, who are 29-15 and fourth in the West despite missing several key players including superstar Chris Paul for large chunks of the season. For Griffin, the All-Star nod is another mark in the franchise record books that may soon include Griffin’s name in nearly every feasible category.

He owns a variety of rookie records, including points and rebounds and double-doubles and in December reached No. 10 all-time in scoring. He is on pace to jump to No. 8 by the end of the year and he could join eight others as the only players in league history to tally 5,000 points, 3,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists before the conclusion of his fourth season.

“When I look back, hopefully, I’ll be able to sit back and think about all this and appreciate it,” Griffin said when asked about making his fourth All-Star appearance in a row. “Right now, though, I’m just thankful for the opportunity to play in that setting.”