After a non-surprising fan voting for the 2013 All Star game in Houston starting on February the 15th, the Western all-stars feature two players from each LA team; Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant from the Lakers and Chris Paul alongside Blake Griffin from the Clippers.
Kobe will record his 15th straight All-Star appearance, all as a starter, while in the meantime he leads the votes overall for the third time in his career. This is well deserved by him despite for the Lakers being just 11th in the West. The 34-year veteran superstar is leading the league in scoring with 30 PPG and also is also shooting a career-high 48% from the field this season.
Also at guard, Chris Paul will make his appearance as a starter for the 4th time in his career, his sixth time generally as an all-star. Paul has been the leader of his team this season and has managed to change the whole picture of the Clippers together with Blake Griffin and the rest of the crew. He is averaging 17PPG and also almost ten assists, and he has provided some huge games for his team, lifting LA over tough opponents. His presence and his basketball IQ is what makes him so unique, as he has the unique ability to make every teammate look better, a skill that only a few players in the entire NBA history possessed. Paul had tough competition this season with Russel Westbrook for the starting point guard role but managed to finish ahead from the Thunder’s star at votes.
At center, we find Dwight Howard, his seventh straight All-Star appearance and his sixth as a starter. Although his team has not had a somewhat successful season till now, the monster center is putting huge numbers almost every game in rebounds and field goal percentage. He is averaging nearly 18 points per game, 13 rebounds (first in the league) and 2.5 blocks. Even with some ups and downs in his performance, Howard is still considered to be one of the most, not to say the complete players down the block and his starter role is well deserved.
Blake Griffin will also start for his 2nd time in an All-Star game, his third appearance overall. He is averaging 18 points on a 53% shooting from the field and also eight rebounds per game. His has provided some huge games this season for the Clippers and also boosted the team’s 17-game winning streak that broke the franchise record. Apart from all the numbers and the stats, Griffin might be one of the most influential and most enjoying players to watch in the entire league, with all the dunks and alley-hoops his putting down.
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