Tony Parker named to sixth All-Star team; Tim Duncan left out
The All-Star reserves’ names haven’t been formally announced, but Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is always good for the role of spoiler (and we all love him for it). Woj tweeted that Tony Parker will once again be an All-Star, his sixth time to be chosen by fans or coaches to represent the Spurs at NBA All-Star weekend, this time in New Orleans.
Parker isn’t having the kind of year we’ve grown accustomed to over the past couple of seasons, but it’s all relative. He’s averaging 18.1 points and 6.2 assists in only 31 minutes per game this year, the lowest average since the 2009-10 season when he missed 32 games with various injuries. But the guard is averaging 20.7 points and 8.1 assists per 36 minutes played, and when coaches have been asked during pre-game media availability about their All-Star selection decisions, they essentially all take the team’s record into account.
The Spurs are now second in the West at 33-13, and it seems that at least one player from the team was going to be selected for this game all along. The numbers might not match up with some of the other elite young players, but coaches around the league have great respect for Parker, San Antonio and what they’ve been able to accomplish as a whole. And they all know he’s the team’s motor.
It’s been a very difficult stretch for the Spurs, who have suffered four injuries (Splitter, Green, Leonard and Ginobili) in the last month of three-to-five week severity, and Parker has been instrumental in guiding the team down the Western Conference’s brutal road toward the playoffs.
So far, Damian Lillard is the only other West reserve whose name has been leaked. Roy Hibbert is the only one in the East, while his teammate Lance Stephenson has not been selected to take part in the festivities.
Update: Marc Stein is reporting Tim Duncan will apparently not be an All-Star this season.