The Clippers have the second-best record in the NBA, and now they have two All-Stars.
Paul George was voted as a Western Conference reserve by the coaches after finishing fifth in the frontcourt balloting for starters. This is the first time that George has made the All-Star team as a member of the Clippers. He’ll join Kawhi Leonard as LA’s two All-Stars, but it’s unclear if the two will be teammates once LeBron James and Kevin Durant draft the teams.
George has been a dynamo to start the season. He’s averaging 24.4 points and a career-high 5.5 assists per game. He’s also shooting a career-best 54.6 percent on 2-pointers and and a career-best 47.1 percent from 3-point range. The Clippers are 12.0 points per 100 possessions better with George on the court, and are 17-5 in the games George has played compared to 5-5 when he sits.
This is George’s 7th All-Star nod, fourth time as a reserve, and third in the Western Conference. He was an All-Star six times from 2013 to 2019, missing only 2015 after breaking his leg during a Team USA scrimmage that offseason. He has averaged 20.7 points per game over his previous six All-Star appearances, including a 41-point outburst in 2016 that shockingly did not earn him MVP honors (probably because the East lost).
George’s selection was a no-brainer for the West coaches. The only surprise about his inclusion was that he was listed in the frontcourt despite starting at shooting guard for the Clippers. As long as he made the team, no complaints here.