LOS ANGELES – For the first time in team history, the Los Angeles Clippers have five players on the NBA All-Star ballot, which was released Friday.
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, who have been teammates the past three years at the All-Star Game, the last two as Clippers teammates, headline the Clippers’ list, which also includes DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Craword and J.J. Redick.
Paul, who won the NBA All-Star Game MVP last season, and Griffin, who won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2011, became the first Clippers teammates to start the All-Star game in franchise history in 2012 and the first tandem to play with each other in multiple All-Star games last season. Bob McAdoo and Randy Smith played together in the 1976 NBA All-Star Game as members of the Buffalo Braves.
The Clippers have never had more than two players voted to the same All-Star team.
“The biggest goal is to win a championship,” Paul said. “Me and Blake joke about it. That first year I was here it felt like every game we played, we reached a milestone. It’s like the first time the Clippers scored 70 points, it’s the first time the Clippers did this. It’s cool but we still have a ways to go.”
All-Star balloting concludes Jan. 20 and starters will be announced Jan. 23. This season’s NBA All-Star Game will be in New Orleans Arena on Feb. 16.