Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin were voted into the Western Conference starting lineup 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 will be Griffin’s third All-Star Game appearance; he has been a starter twice and a reserve once. This is the sixth-straight All-Star selection for Paul; it also marks the fourth time he has been selected as a starter.
"It's always an honor and a privilege, especially to be voted in by the fans because that means that you're doing something right and that they want to see you,” Paul said. “It is never something I get used to, it is something very special each time you get voted in and I have so many people that share in this special honor.”
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 in which the team has had two starters in the game. The last tandem to start was in 1976, when the Buffalo Braves' Randy Smith and Bob McAdoo were in the starting lineup.
"It means a lot, it's an honor,” Griffin said. “You know I really appreciate all the fans out there that voted for me. I also appreciate my teammates, coaching staff and everybody that has helped me become a better player and helping me reach my goals.”
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.
Paul was second in voting for Western Conference guards with 929,155 votes, behind Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who received 1,591,437 votes. Griffin (863,832) was third in votes for frontcourt players behind Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (1,504,047) and Lakers center Dwight Howard (922,070).