JOHNSON, HORFORD NAMED TO
ATLANTA, GA (January 28, 2010) -- For the first time in 12 years, the Southeast Division-leading Atlanta Hawks will have two players on the All-Star team, as the NBA announced this evening that guard Joe Johnson and forward/center Al Horford have been named as reserves to the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star squad. The game takes place on Sunday, February 14 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX, with coverage on TNT beginning at 7 p.m.
It means a lot to me to be selected as an All-Star again, Johnson said. Its really a tribute to the Atlanta Hawks organization, and my teammates and coaches. Ive put in a lot of hard work over the years, and over the summers, and its always nice to see it pay off.
Averaging 21.3 ppg, 4.8 apg, 4.8 rpg and 1.1 spg (.457 FG%, .349 3FG%, .831 FT%) in 44 starts, Johnson becomes the first Hawk to reach four consecutive All-Star games since Dikembe Mutombo from 1997-2001 (the game wasnt played in 1999). The ninth-year veteran ranks 11th in the NBA in ppg, 9th in FGM (370), t17th in 3FGM (75), t23rd in apg, t33rd in FT% and 18th in mpg, while leading the team in ppg, apg and 3FGM, and is 2nd in spg.
I feel honored to have been selected to the All-Star team, Horford said. Its like a dream come true for me. When youre playing basketball as a kid, you envision yourself making it to the NBA. And once you make it to this level, you work so hard to get to an All- Star level. Its just a blessing for me to take part in this game.
In his third season, Horford has also started all 44 contests, and is averaging 13.6 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1.3 bpg (.575 FG%, .756 FT%). He is 5th in the NBA in FG%, 13th in rpg, t15th in off. rpg (2.7) and 19th in bpg, while recording 18 double-doubles (t19th in the league). Horford has been a part of All-Star weekend each of the last two years, participating in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam.
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