Indiana Pacer Paul George was announced to his first All-Star game on Thursday night.
George, who is averaging 17.3 points per game and 7.8 rebounds, is no stranger to the All-Star game festivities. Last year George played in the Rookies vs. Sophomores game, and was a contestant in the NBA Dunk Contest.
George reacted to the news in a release provided by the Pacers Thursday:
“This is a great honor, not just for me, but for our coaches, my teammates and the franchise,” said George. “To be selected by the coaches adds something to being an All-Star. But this doesn’t happen without our team being successful, so it’s more a recognition for our team than just myself.”
The Pacers are sitting at fifth in the Eastern Conference standings with a 26-17 record and have won seven of their last ten games. However, 2012 All-Star Roy Hibbert and David West, who has averaged 16.6 points per game and 7.8 rebounds, did not make the team.
Pacers head coach Frank Vogel also commented on George’s All-Star selection in the release:
“Paul is a team-guy first as evidenced by his nine assists at Memphis Monday,” said Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel. “He puts winning above everything else and he’ll do whatever it takes: defense, rebounding, perimeter shooting, attacking the basket, creating for others. He is one of the most coachable players I’ve ever worked with.”
The NBA All-Star game takes place February 17th in Houston, Texas.