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Blazers' Damian Lillard picked as NBA All-Star for 6th time

Lillard is fourth in the NBA in points per game, averaging 29.8, and 11th in assists per game, averaging 7.9.
Credit: AP
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots between Oklahoma City Thunder center Al Horford (42) and center Isaiah Roby (22) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

PORTLAND, Ore. — New Orleans forward Zion Williamson now can be called an NBA All-Star, and only three others in the game’s 70-year history have gotten there at a younger age. The reserves for the March 7 game were revealed Tuesday. 

Williamson is one of four first-time All-Stars, along with Boston’s Jaylen Brown, New York’s Julius Randle and Chicago’s Zach LaVine. Phoenix’s Chris Paul is an All-Star for the 11th time, and Brooklyn’s James Harden is one for the ninth consecutive year. Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, Boston’s Jayson Tatum, Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George, Utah teammates Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, and Portland’s Damian Lillard were also picked.

It's the sixth time Lillard has been selected as an NBA All-Star. He's one of three players to be named an All-Star in the Western Conference in each of the past four seasons. Lillard is fourth in the NBA in points per game, averaging 29.8, and 11th in assists per game, averaging 7.9. He is the only player in the NBA averaging 29 points and 7 assists per game this season.

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