Tony Parker Selected to Play in 2012 All-Star Game
February 9, 2012
SAN ANTONIO – The NBA today announced that San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker has been selected by NBA head coaches to play in the 2012 All-Star Game to be held on Sunday, Feb. 26 in Orlando. This will be Parker’s fourth All-Star appearance. He joins George Gervin, David Robinson and Tim Duncan as the only players in Spurs franchise history to be selected as an All-Star four-or-more times.
Parker was named an All-Star in 2006, 2007 and 2009. At the 2007 All-Star Game in Houston, he recorded 8 points and a game-high 10 assists in 24 minutes. In his three All-Star appearances, Parker has averaged 10.0 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 21.3 minutes.
This season Parker is averaging a team-high 18.9 points, a career-high 7.7 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.11 steals in 34.0 minutes. He currently ranks ninth in the NBA in assists per game. On Feb. 4 vs. Oklahoma City he passed Avery Johnson as the Spurs all-time leader in assists handing out his 4,475th career-assist while scoring a season-high 42 points. Earlier in the year he dished out a career-high 17 assists at New Orleans on Jan. 23.
Joining Parker as reserves on the West squad are: LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland), Kevin Love (Minnesota), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas), Marc Gasol (Memphis), Steve Nash (Phoenix) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City). Voted to start for the West were Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City), Andrew Bynum (L.A. Lakers), Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers) and Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers).
The 2012 NBA All-Star Game will tip-off at 6 p.m. (Central) on Sunday, Feb. 26, from Amway Center in Orlando. The 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.