Paul selected to his seventh All-Star Game

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul was selected to his seventh NBA All-Star Game, the league announced Thursday.

Paul was the MVP of the 2013 All-Star Game in Houston and this is the fourth time he has been selected by the Western Conference coaches as a reserve.

"I am honored to be selected by the coaches for the All-Star Game," Paul said. "My first All-Star Game that I played in was in New Orleans, and that city means so much to me. I look forward to representing the Clippers and playing with Blake [Griffin] in New Orleans."

Paul has missed the past 13 games since separating his right shoulder against the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 3, but he said last week he plans on being back and playing in the All-Star Game.

In his previous six All-Star Games, Paul has averaged 12.4 assists per game, the highest average in All-Star Game history. This season, Paul is averaging 19.6 points, 11.2 assists and 2.44 steals per game in 34 games. He ranks first in assists, second in steals and 10th in free throw percentage (.870) in the NBA this season, despite missing 14 games.

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, whom coach Doc Rivers had lobbied for selection, did not make the West team has a reserve.