Clips' Paul makes 8th straight All-Star Game


NEW ORLEANS -- Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul was selected as a Western Conference reserve for next month's NBA All-Star Game in New York.

It is Paul's eighth straight All-Star Game, and he will join teammate Blake Griffin, who was selected as a starter last week. It is the fifth straight season that Paul and Griffin will be teammates in the All-Star Game. Paul was named the MVP of the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.

"It is a true honor to be selected by the coaches to be in the All-Star Game," Paul said. "I am blessed to be able to represent the Clippers organization in New York with Blake."

Paul, who has started all 46 games for the Clippers this season, is averaging 17.5 points, 9.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. He is the only player in the NBA averaging at least 17.0 points, 9.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals this season.

Paul is one of only five players all time (Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Terry Porter and Rod Strickland) to have sustained these averages over the course of an entire season. Should he maintain these totals this season, he will join Johnson as one of only two players to average these totals or higher for multiple seasons.