Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard named an All-Star starter

first_imgThe Clippers’ Fun Guy is going back to the All-Star Game.Kawhi Leonard’s first appearance as a Clipper will mark his fourth All-Star appearance overall, all of which have been as a starter. After representing the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors in previous All-Star Games, Leonard will become the seventh player in league history to appear on behalf of three franchises.The league announced Thursday that he joined Lakers teammates LeBron James and Anthony Davis as frontcourt starters representing the Western Conference. The other starters – as selected by a combination of fan, media and player voting – are Houston’s James Harden and Dallas’ Luka Doncic.The Eastern Conference will be represented by Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Boston’s Kemba Walker, Toronto’s Pascal Siakam and Atlanta’s Trae Young. Leonard might not have been keeping count at home, but he finished third in the Western Conference fan vote, with a total of 3,917,190 tallies, according to the NBA. George – who is averaging 23.5 points, but who missed the first 11 games because of rehab on his shoulders and has been sidelined for the past seven games with a hamstring strain – came in fourth among fans, with 1,505,691 votes.James led all Western Conference fan vote-getters with 6,275,459.Antetokounmpo got 5,902,286 fan votes, far and away the most in the Eastern Conference captain race. Like James, Antetokounmpo will captain his conference’s team for the second consecutive year after his side lost to Team LeBron last season. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Related Articles Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime center_img All-Star reserves chosen by the coaches from each conference will be announced next Thursday and the All-Star draft is set for Feb. 6, when James and Antetokounmpo will draft the starters and then the reserves. The All-Star Game will be played Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago.Last summer, Leonard further increased his profile by leading the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA title, earning recognition as the Finals MVP for the second time. Then he opted to join the Clippers this offseason as a free agent, teaming up with Paul George, who arrived in a blockbuster trade.Leonard is averaging a career-high 27.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5 assists this season. He’s stuck to an injury management regimen, skipping half of every set of back-to-back games and which has, in part, limited him to appearances in 34 of the Clippers’ 45 games, during which they’re 26-8.“It’s great,” Leonard said recently in regard to the fan vote, of which early results had him consistently in third place among frontcourt players. “I’m happy that I have some fans or people that like to enjoy watching me play. I thank them. I love them for voting for me.“But,” he added, “I’m not keeping track (of the voting).” Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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