For the first time since his second year in the NBA, there was talk in recent weeks by a few media members that Chris Paul could potentially be omitted from the All-Star roster. Of course, that wouldve been downright laughable to suggest in 2008 and 2009, when the Hornets 6-foot point guard was a league MVP candidate.
TNT just announced that Paul has been selected by the West's coaches to a third consecutive All-Star Game. If there was any uncertainty by some about his inclusion, much of it was probably due to the staggering depth of standout players in the West this season.
Pauls 2009-10 individual statistics are the same or better in most categories in comparison to his two previous All-Star seasons, and he arguably has been even more effective. But an eight-game injury absence in November, combined with New Orleans poor start to the regular season, seemed to diminish some of the complaints when Paul was not named an All-Star starter last week. That honor went to Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash in the West backcourt.
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