Throughout the balloting process, Griffin had been among the top three vote-getters for the frontcourt players, finishing third in votes (700,615) behind New Orleans'
Griffin was voted in as a starter for the fourth consecutive year, and it is his fifth time being on the All-Star team during his five-year career.
"It is a great honor to make the All-Star team," Griffin said in a statement. "I want to thank all of the fans who voted for me as a starter."
Paul had been in fourth place for guards in the West with 551,167 votes, finishing behind Stephen Curry (1,513,324 votes) of
Paul, who is a seven-time All-Star, wasn't a starter last year either. But Paul probably will be voted in as a reserve by the NBA coaches.
"I'd be shocked if he wasn't" picked to be on the team, Clippers Coach
Paul was averaging 17.6 points and 9.6 assists before the Clippers played the Nets.
Rivers said, "People don't notice how good" Paul is "every night."
"This is the one thing I'll say on Chris' behalf for All-Star: He's the only point guard, him and [Russell] Westbrook, I'd say, they guard the best [point guard] every night," Rivers said. "Those two guys do. A lot of the other guys don't. That has always stood out to me with Chris. Chris not only does, but he guards them well."
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who leads the NBA in rebounds (13.4) and is second in blocked shots (2.36) also wasn't voted in as a frontcourt starter, finishing in 12th place with 117,816 votes.
The All-Star game will be played Feb. 15 in New York at
Rivers interested in
Rivers said he has reached out to free agent Ray Allen to let the guard know the Clippers would like for him to play for Los Angeles.
"Yeah, I'm very interested," Rivers said. "He's good."
But Rivers also knows he has competition for Allen, who played for Rivers in Boston when the
There was a report that when Cleveland forward
"Yeah, that's going to be tough to beat," Rivers said.