FOUR HORNETS INCLUDED ON 2011 ALL-STAR BALLOT
Ariza, Okafor, Paul, West all recognized
November 18, 2010
Hornets Trevor Ariza, Emeka Okafor, Chris Paul and David West will all appear on the 2011 NBA All-Star ballot, it was announced today during a special tip-off event in Los Angeles, the Official Host City of NBA All-Star 2011. The foursome has guided the Hornets to the best start in franchise history at 9-1.
Paul, a three-time All-Star from 2008-10 ranks 2nd in the NBA in assists per game (10.2), 5th in steals (2.5) and is 1st in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.64) in addition to leading the Hornets in scoring at 17.8 points per game. Okafor is off to his best start as a Hornet, standing 3rd in the league in field goal percentage (.600) in addition to being 9th in blocks per game (2.3) and 17th in rebounds (9.3). In his first season in New Orleans, Ariza has provided the starting lineup with an increased defensive presence and contributed double-figure scoring. West, who gained All-Star honors in both 2008 and 2009, is having another solid season, ranking second on the team in points, rebounds, and blocks.
NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile will begin this afternoon at 3 p.m. ET. The 60th NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.
The NBA All-Star ballot lists 120 players 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences with 24 guards, 24 forwards, and 12 centers from each conference comprising the list. Voters select two guards, two forwards and one center from each conference. The 120 players on the ballot were selected by a panel of media who regularly cover the NBA: J.A. Adande (ESPN.com), Marv Albert (TNT), Art Garcia (NBA.com), Marc Spears (Yahoo! Sports), Doug Smith (The Toronto Star) and Ian Thomsen (Sports Illustrated).
NBA All-Star 2011 in Los Angeles will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the leagues history for a global celebration of the game. The week leading up to the 60th NBA All-Star Game will feature a full slate of community-enhancing activities, fan festivals and events, including the NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service, the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, and NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm. NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas, the hugely successful interactive basketball celebration, will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center. Los Angeles and the STAPLES Center will host NBA All-Star 2011, marking the fifth time The City of Angels and the second time STAPLES Center will be the site of the annual celebration. STAPLES Center last played host to NBA All-Star in 2004, and L.A. also hosted the All-Star Game in 1963, 1972, and 1983.
Fans can vote on NBA.com, via wireless and SMS voting, and in NBA Arenas.
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