CHRIS PAUL NAMED WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR RESERVE
Paul becomes All-Star for third straight season
January 28, 2010
The NBA announced tonight that Hornets guard Chris Paul was selected as a reserve for the 2010 Western Conference All-Star Team. This is Pauls third appearance as an All-Star, last season he was a starter.
Being named an All-Star three straight years is an unbelievable honor, said Paul. With so many great point guards in the Western Conference, it is very humbling to make the team.
Paul equals Glen Rice (1996, 1997, 1998) as the only three-time All-Star in franchise history.
Paul has averaged 20.5 points, 11.1 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.27 steals in 37 games this season, ranking 1st in assists, 2nd in steals and 17th in scoring in the NBA. He has helped lead the Hornets to a 25-20 record to this point, eighth place in the Western Conference and just two games back of the fourth seed. In addition, he has helped the Hornets to 12 wins in their last 16 games (an NBA-high 11 wins in the month of January).
Joining Paul on the 2009 Western Conference All-Star Team will be starters Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers), Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns), Amare Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns) and Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs) and reserves Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Deron Williams (Utah Jazz), Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies) and Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers).
Head coaches in the Western Conference voted to determine the reserves, while fans worldwide were responsible for voting for the starters through the 2010 NBA All-Star Balloting Program. The 59th NBA All-Star Game, which will be played in Dallas on Sunday, Feb. 14. The game will air live (7 p.m. CST) on TNT, ESPN Radio and in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.