CHRIS PAUL NAMED WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR STARTER
Paul becomes first Hornet to start multiple all-star games
January 27, 2011
The NBA announced tonight that Hornets guard Chris Paul was voted the starting point guard for the 2011 Western Conference All-Star Team. This is Pauls fourth appearance as an All-Star and second as a starter.
Paul was also voted one of the starting guards for the 2009 all-star game in Phoenix and earned a spot as a reserve for the 2008 and 2010 games, respectively. In Hornets history, Larry Johnson (1993) and Eddie Jones (2000) were also voted into the starting line-up, but Paul is the first Hornet to earn the honor twice and also the first to make four all-star appearances.
This is an unbelievable feeling for me as a player, said Paul. What makes it even more special is that it is due to the fans, who I am extremely grateful towards. I am honored to be representing the Hornets and the city of New Orleans.
Paul is the 10th All-Star in Hornets history, joining Larry Johnson (1993, 1995), Alonzo Mourning (1994, 1995), Glen Rice (1996, 1997, 1998), Eddie Jones (2000), Baron Davis (2002, 2004), Jamal Mashburn (2003), Jamaal Magloire (2004) and David West (2008).
Paul has averaged 16.4 points, 9.7 assists and 2.6 steals in 47 games this season, leading the NBA in total assists (457) and steals per game (2.62). In the Hornets most recent game, 1/26 at Golden State, Paul registered 18 points and 17 assists in 32 minutes just the third time in the last 20 years that a player has done so.
He has led the Hornets to a 31-16 record to this point, third place in the Western Conference and a current 10-game win streak (tying a franchise best). The Hornets started the season with an 11-1 record, marking the first time in franchise history that the Hornets have won eight-straight games twice in the same season.
Paul (1,281,591 votes) is joined in the starting lineup by the Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant (2,380,016), the Oklahoma City Thunders Kevin Durant (1,736,728), the Denver Nuggets Carmelo Anthony (1,299,849) and the Houston Rockets Yao Ming (1,146,426). NBA Commissioner David Stern will select a replacement for Yao, who is injured with a stress fracture in his left ankle.
In selecting the reserves, the 30 NBA head coaches must vote for seven players within their conference, including two guards, two forwards, a center and two players regardless of position. Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their team. After the coaches select the reserves, if a player is unable to participate in the All-Star Game, Commissioner Stern will select a replacement. Reserves will be announced Feb. 3, on TNT.
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