It is the eighth All-Star selection for Paul, who leads the NBA with a 4.52 assist-to-turnover ratio and is the only player in the league averaging at least 17.5 points, 9.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game.
"I am blessed to be able to represent the Clippers organization in New York with Blake," Paul said in a statement.
Griffin had previously been picked as a starter for the West in fan voting, his fifth All-Star selection and fourth as a starter. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan did not make the team after finishing outside the top three frontcourt players in fan voting and being left out by the coaches.
Joining Paul as All-Star reserves for the West will be Houston's
The East reserves will be Chicago's
Austin Rivers paused for six seconds when asked what it would be like to return to New Orleans. When he finally spoke, the Clippers backup point guard gave the same answer twice.
"I'm excited," he said. "I'm excited."
Rivers never became the player the
"I parted ways in a positive way," Rivers said. "It wasn't like, 'Get me the hell out of here, I hate it here.' I liked all my teammates there, the coaches are cool."
Rivers said he felt as if he was never able to fulfill his potential in his 2 1/2 seasons with the Pelicans, in part because the team was continually rebuilding with young players.
"I still had good games, I was a solid NBA player," he said, "but I felt like I could be better. And that's why here, I feel like I can play free."
Rivers said playing alongside veterans such as Paul, Griffin and Jamal Crawford has allowed him to be more aggressive and not worry about his production. He produced his best game as a Clipper on Wednesday, scoring 12 points on five-for-eight shooting during a victory over the
"It's exciting because now I'm to the point where I'm not thinking, I'm just going out and play and shooting my shots," Rivers said. "I told them I haven't been used to playing this free since I was at Duke or in high school and people know what I did there."
CLIPPERS VS. NEW ORLEANS
When: 5 PST Friday.
Where: Smoothie King Center.
On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 980, 1330.
Records: Clippers 32-14, Pelicans 24-22.
Record vs. Pelicans: 1-0.
Update: Clippers shooting guard