Paul comes back, is named All-Star starter

Thursday, January 22, 2009
By: Jim Eichenhofer,

I have to admit, when I saw the most recent balloting tallies released by the NBA, I figured there was no way Chris Paul would be able to overtake Tracy McGrady and secure one of the two starting guard spots on the Western Conference All-Star team. At last check, CP3 trailed T-Mac by about 157,000 votes, not exactly a narrow margin.

That seemingly insurmountable deficit makes tonight’s announcement a fairly stunning one. After all of the votes were counted, the Hornets’ star guard managed to overtake his Houston Rockets counterpart, securing the other starting guard spot for the West, alongside shoo-in Kobe Bryant.

There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Paul was a more deserving choice to start than McGrady – even Rockets fans would probably admit that – partly because McGrady has only played in 28 of Houston’s 43 games. He’s also not having a particularly great season, especially by his standards.

Meanwhile, after finishing as the runner-up in the MVP balloting last season, Paul is arguably having an even better campaign. Paul is averaging more points and rebounds compared to 2007-08, while also shooting higher percentages from the field and the foul line.

What was your reaction to hearing that Paul will start, becoming only the third Hornet in team history to receive the honor? You can leave your reaction and opinion of the news by commenting here in the blog.