Fan vote results in Paul not starting in All-Star Game

Thursday, January 21, 2010
By: Jim Eichenhofer,

Barring something completely unforeseen, Chris Paul will make his third consecutive All-Star appearance on Feb. 14 in Dallas. Unlike during the 2009 All-Star Game, however, this time the 6-foot point guard won’t be in the starting lineup for the Western Conference.

TNT just announced that the West guards who received the most votes in fan balloting were the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Phoenix’s Steve Nash. Paul finished in third place, coming from behind to overtake Tracy McGrady, who technically is a member of Houston but isn’t playing for the Rockets while they try to trade him.

The All-Star reserves will be announced a week from today on Jan. 28, also during TNT’s weekly NBA broadcast. Paul and Hornets teammate David West have each made two straight appearances in the All-Star Game.

It’s possible that Paul missing eight games due to injury early in the season impacted the vote, but by now it’s probably pointless to try to figure out why the voting results go a certain way, given that McGrady has only played in six games.

What is your reaction to the news that CP3 will not start for the West again this season?