The NBA announced today that Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have been voted by the fans into the starting lineup for the Western Conference for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. It is the second year in a row for the duo to be named starters and only the second time the Clippers have had a starter since moving to Los Angeles in 1984.
This is Griffin’s third All-Star game to participate in, he has been a starter twice and a reserve once. This is the sixth-straight All-Star selection for Paul, it also marks his fourth time to be selected as a starter.
The last Clippers player to start an All-Star Game before Griffin and Paul was World B. Free of the San Diego Clippers in 1980. This marks the third time in franchise history the team has had two starters in the game. Prior to Griffin and Paul, the last tandem to start was when the 1976 Buffalo Braves placed Randy Smith and Bob McAdoo in the starting lineup.
The Clippers franchise has now been represented in the All-Star Game a total of 21 times by 11 different players (Chris Paul – 2012, 2013, Blake Griffin – 2011, 2012, 2013, Chris Kaman – 2010, Elton Brand – 2002, 2006, Danny Manning – 1993,1994, Marques Johnson – 1986, Norm Nixon – 1985, World B. Free – 1980, Randy Smith – 1976, 1978, Bob McAdoo – 1974, 1975, 1976 and Bob Kauffman – 1971, 1972, 1973).
Griffin leads the Clippers with 17.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Paul is second in the NBA in assists per game and first in steals while averaging 16.8 points, 9.7 assists and 2.62 steals per game.
The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will be played at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 (8 p.m. ET), televised exclusively on TNT and broadcast exclusively on ESPN Radio in the U.S. The All-Star Game will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.
Paul was second in voting for Western Conference guards with 929,155 votes behind the Lakers Kobe Bryant and Griffin (863,832) was third in votes for frontcourt players behind Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and the Lakers Dwight Howard.
The 2013 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint, which concluded Jan. 14, gave fans around the world the opportunity to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston. For the first time, NBA fans were able to vote via social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter, and Sina Weibo and Tencent QQ in China.