Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul was selected to the 2011-12 All-NBA First Team, the NBA announced Thursday. Paul becomes the first Clippers player since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1984 to be recognized with a first team selection and only the second in franchise history, joining Bob McAdoo in 1974-75 when the team was the Buffalo Braves.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin was named to the All-NBA Second Team, becoming the first Clippers player to do so since Elton Brand in 2006.
Paul received 74 first team votes in making the second All-NBA First Team selection of his career (2008). Paul led the league in steals per game (2.53) and finished third in assists per game (9.1), adding 19.8 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game. This season, Paul became only the second player in NBA history to average at least 19.0 points, 9.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals. On Wednesday, Paul was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team.
Griffin was selected to his first All-NBA Team this season after leading the Clippers in scoring (20.8 points per game) and rebounds (10.9 rebounds per game). Griffin was the only player in the NBA in 2011-12 to average over 20.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Griffin shot 54.9 percent from the field and finished the season fourth in the league with 41 double-doubles, sixth in rebounds, seventh in field goal percentage and tenth in scoring.