Tim Duncan and Tony Parker named to All-Star team
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but Tim Duncan and Tony Parker were officially named to the Western Conference All-Star team on Thursday. Duncan and Parker were selected as reserves by the Western Conference coaches.
It was obvious Duncan would be named an All-Star. He should’ve been a starter, especially with the new rules regards to frontcourt positions, but thanks to the very flawed fan voting system, Dwight Howard was named a starter. Duncan is averaging 17.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.74 blocks in 30.2 minutes per game this season. His per-36 minute averages are right in line with the rest of his career. It’s the 14th time Duncan has been named to the All-Star team.
Tony Parker’s status as an NBA All-Star was a little more uncertain, though it seemed like more analysts and experts than not had TP on their reserves. It’s Parker’s second straight All-Star team. TP is averaging 19.8 points and 7.4 assists this season.
Duncan will miss his second straight game on Friday night against the Mavericks with soreness in his left knee and is considered day-to-day. There’s a chance the injury could linger and the Spurs deem it in the team’s best interests that Duncan doesn’t play, but he still gets credit for the selection as far as I know.
The All-Star Game is on Sunday, February 17 in Houston.