The NBA announced that San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker has been selected by NBA head coaches to play in the 2014 All-Star Game to be held on Sunday, Feb. 16 in New Orleans. It marks Parker’s third consecutive All-Star selection and his sixth overall in his 13-year NBA career. Parker joins Tim Duncan (14), David Robinson (10) and George Gervin (9) as the only players in Spurs franchise history to be selected as an All-Star six-or-more times.
The Silver and Black have had at least one All-Star selection in 35 of their 38 NBA seasons dating back to the 1976-77 campaign. Parker ranks second all-time in All-Star selections among European-born players (Dirk Nowitzki, 12) and third among active point guards (Steve Nash, 8, and Chris Paul, 7). Parker was also chosen as an All-Star in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013. In those five appearances, he has averaged 9.8 points, 5.4 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 19.8 minutes.
This season Parker is averaging a team-high 18.1 points, 6.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 31.4 minutes while shooting .509 (300-589) from the field, .435 (20-46) from three-point range and .803 (139-173) from the foul line. For his career, the guard has played in 914 games for the Silver and Black and holds averages of 17.2 points, 6.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 32.8 minutes.
Joining Parker as reserves on the West squad are: LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Dwight Howard (Rockets), Damian Lillard (Trail Blazers), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) and Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers).
The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be exclusively televised on TNT from New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16. The All-Star Game, also broadcast live on ESPN Radio, will collectively reach fans in 215 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.