Tim Duncan Selected to Play in 2015 NBA All-Star Game
SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 29, 2015) – The NBA today announced that San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan has been selected by NBA head coaches to play in the 2015 All-Star Game to be held on Sunday, Feb. 15 in New York City.
With his 15th All-Star selection, Duncan becomes just the fifth player in NBA history to be named an All-Star 15-or-more times, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19 selections), Kobe Bryant (17), Shaquille O’Neal (15) and Kevin Garnett (15). Duncan was selected as an All-Star in each of his first 13 NBA seasons (there was no All-Star Game held in 1999 due to the NBA lockout), joining Bob Cousy, Jerry West and O’Neal as the only players in history to accomplish that feat. He was named the co-MVP of the 2000 All-Star Game along with O’Neal. In NBA All-Star history, Duncan ranks fifth in total rebounds with 127 (behind Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Pettit, Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell).
The 64th NBA All-Star Game will tip off Sunday, Feb. 15, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game will be seen by fans in 215 countries and territories and will be heard in 47 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 13th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 30th year of NBA All-Star coverage.
This season Duncan is averaging 14.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.98 blocks in 30.3 minutes while shooting .486 (240-494) from the field and .724 (139-192) from the foul line. He is currently tied for 10th in the league with 22 double-doubles on the season and is one of just two players averaging 14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists (DeMarcus Cousins).
On Dec. 6 at Memphis, Duncan became the second-oldest player in NBA history to record a triple-double when he posted 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists (Karl Malone). At Washington on Jan. 13, Duncan recorded his 815th career double-double to surpass Malone for fifth all-time in NBA history (now stands at 819). In Los Angeles against the Lakers on Nov. 14, he became just the second player in NBA history to record at least 25,000 points, 14,000 rebounds and 2,500 blocks in his career (Abdul-Jabbar).
Joining Duncan as reserves on the West squad are: LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).
NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. Along with the All-Star Game, TNT will also air the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 13, and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 14. The BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge and State Farm All-Star Saturday night will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Other events at Barclays Center include the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire and the NBA Development League Dream Factory presented by Boost Mobile on Sunday, Feb. 15, airing on NBA TV. Madison Square Garden will host Friday night’s ESPN-televised Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.