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On Thursday night the legend that is Paul George continued to grow. In a season in which he is leading the Indiana Pacers with 23.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and stellar defense on the wings, Paul George has been announced as a starter to the 2014 NBA All-Star game. George, who is undoubtedly the best player on a Pacers squad (33-8) that has the top record in the Association, will be joining Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel and his staff in New Orleans.

“It is my most memorable,” said George to Fox Sports’ Chris Denari shortly after the announcement. “The whole coaching staff being there with me, and hopefully a couple more of my teammates. This one is a special one, it being my first (as a starter) one. One that I really worked hard to get to, and I definitely don’t plan on giving my spot up now.

The starting lineups were determined by a fan vote, with George getting the the third-most in the NBA with a total of 1,211,318 ballots. Joining George on the Eastern Conference squad is LeBron James (1,416,419), his teammate Dwyane Wade (929,542), Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (935,702), and Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving (860,221). Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant lead the Western Conference voting with 1,396,294.

This will be Paul George’s second All-Star appearance, and he seemed incredibly grateful for the experience on Thursday night.

“It’s a blessing,” said George with a smile on his face.”To come from where I came from, and to get drafted tenth overall. To end up with the third-most, with a bunch of guys that have been proven and have been on the main stage for awhile. I just want to thank all the fans that have followed me, supported me, and got me where I’m at right now.”