Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Clippers point guard Chris Paul on Thursday was selected as one of seven reserves for the Western Conference All-Star team. It is Paul’s ninth consecutive selection either as a starter or reserve. He is averaging 18.6 points, 9.6 assists and 3.9 assists.
The All-Star game will be played Feb. 14 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Power forward Blake Griffin did not get the nod, neither did center DeAndre Jordan. Griffin’s exclusion was very understandable considering he wouldn’t be able to play anyway as he is expected to be out at least four weeks and as many as six or more with a fractured right hand. TNT analyst Charles Barkley said he would have chosen Jordan over forward LaMarcus Aldridge of San Antonio.
The rest of the West reserves – including Aldridge – are guards James Harden of Houston and Klay Thompson of Golden State, forward Draymond Green of Golden State, forward-center Anthony Davis of New Orleans and center DeMarcus Cousins of Sacramento.
The Eastern Conference reserves are point guards Isaiah Thomas of Boston and John Wall of Washington, shooting guard DeMar DeRozan of Toronto, guard-forward Jimmy Butler of Chicago, center Andre Drummond of Detroit and forward-center Chris Bosh of Miami.