Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili Selected to Play in NBA All-Star Game
SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 3, 2011) – San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were selected by NBA head coaches to play in the 2011 All-Star Game to be held on Sunday, Feb. 20 in Los Angeles. This marks the 14th time in franchise history that the Spurs have sent multiple players to the All-Star Game.
Duncan has been named an All-Star in each of his first 13 seasons in the NBA (there was no All-Star Game held in 1999 due to the NBA lockout), joining Bob Cousy, Jerry West and Shaquille O’Neal as the only players in history to accomplish that feat. He moves into a tie with four players (Wilt Chamberlain, Cousy, John Havlicek, Kobe Bryant) for seventh place in NBA history with 13 overall All-Star selections. He only trails Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19), O’Neal (15), Michael Jordan (14), Karl Malone (14), West (14) and Kevin Garnett (14) in All-Star nods. He was named the co-MVP of the 2000 All-Star Game. In All-Star game action, Duncan ranks first among active players in rebounds (121), third in minutes (275), fifth in points (134), seventh in field goal percentage (.571) and eighth in assists (27). This season, Duncan is averaging 13.6 points on .486 shooting from the field, 9.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.96 blocks in 29.3 minutes per game.
This will be Ginobili’s second All-Star appearance. In the 2005 All-Star Game, Ginobili scored 8 points and grabbed 3 rebounds in 22 minutes. He remains the only South American player to make an NBA All-Star team. This season, Ginobili leads the Spurs averaging 18.8 points per game, 3.5 points higher than his career scoring average. He is also dishing out 4.8 assists and pulling down 3.8 rebounds per game. He has scored 20 or more points in 23 games this season, after recording at least 20 points in 24 games last season.
Duncan and Ginobili will play for their own head coach, as Gregg Popovich will lead the Western Conference team. He secured his second All-Star coaching honor on January 25 after beating Golden State, which sealed the best record in the Western Conference through games played on Feb. 6. The Spurs remain atop the NBA standings with a record of 40-8.
Joining the two Spurs players as reserves on the West squad are: Pau Gasol (L.A. Lakers), Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Deron Williams (Utah Jazz). Voted to start for the West were the Denver Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony, the Houston Rockets’ Yao Ming, the L.A. Lakers’ Bryant, and the New Orleans Hornets’ Chris Paul.
NBA Commissioner David Stern will select the replacement for any player unable to participate in the All-Star Game. If the injured player is a starter, the head coach of that team will determine who replaces him in the starting lineup.
The 2011 NBA All-Star Game 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 worldwide.
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