Clippers guard Chris Paul was selected to the All-Star team for the ninth time in 11 NBA seasons, the league announced Thursday.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin did not make the All-Star team as a reserve after being involved in a fight last weekend with a team equipment manager. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan also was not selected.
Fourteen reserves were revealed Thursday, one week after the starters were officially selected via fan vote. The reserves were chosen by the NBA’s 30 head coaches.
Versatile Golden State forward-center Draymond Green was a shoo-in for the Western Conference, along with Houston guard James Harden and Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins. This will be Green’s first All-Star team.
For the East, Chicago guard Jimmy Butler made the team, as did Detroit center Andre Drummond, the NBA’s leading rebounder, who will make his first All-Star game. Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan also gets the nod after being a key player for the Raptors, who are a surprising second in the East behind Cleveland.
Washington guard John Wall, Miami forward Chris Bosh, Atlanta forward Paul Millsap and Boston point guard Isaiah Thomas rounded out the East reserves. This is the first All-Star nod for Thomas, the 60th and final pick in the 2011 draft.
Paul, 30, started slowly this season for the Clippers but was a steadying force after Griffin was sidelined because of a quadriceps injury. In January, Paul has averaged 20.8 points, 11.0 assists and 2.3 steals. Paul’s importance to the team will only increase with Griffin out at least four weeks because of a broken hand sustained in last weekend’s fight.
Griffin, 26, was selected to five previous All-Star games but couldn’t have played in this one because of his hand. He was averaging 23.2 points and 8.7 rebounds before sustaining his quadriceps injury a month ago. Beyond his injuries, Griffin is also facing a possible suspension from the NBA for his role in the fight.
Lakers forward Kobe Bryant led all starters in votes for his 18th and final All-Star game. Other West starters are Golden State guard Stephen Curry, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, and San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard.
Starters for the East are Cleveland forward LeBron James, Toronto guard Kyle Lowry, Indiana forward Paul George, Miami guard Dwyane Wade and New York forward Carmelo Anthony.