Eastern Conference coaches voted Hawks guard Joe Johnson and center Al Horford as reserves for the NBA All-Star game, the league announced tonight.
It’s the fifth straight All-Star selection for Johnson and the second in a row for Horford. Both players represented the Hawks in Dallas last season, when Horford played in reserve and Johnson started after Allen Iverson was unable to play due to injury.
This year’s game is set to be played on Feb. 20 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Johnson, 29, has been named an All-Star in all but one of his six seasons in Atlanta. He signed a six-year, $123.7 million free-agent contract with the Hawks last summer.
“It means a great deal to me to be selected as an All-Star again,” Johnson said in a statement released by the team. “I can’t thank my coaches and teammates, as well as the organization, enough for helping to put me in this position.”
Horford, 24, is playing his fourth pro season after the Hawks selected him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Florida. In November Horford signed a five-year, $60 million contract extension with the Hawks that begins next season.
“I’m thrilled to be going back to the All-Star Game and I am proud to represent the entire Atlanta Hawks organization,” Horford said in a team statement. “Last year was an unbelievable experience and it’s an honor for me to be selected again.”
Coaches voted for two guards, two forwards, a center and two players regardless of position. They could not vote for players on their own team.
Joining Johnson and Horford as East reserves were Boston’s Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett and Miami’s Chris Bosh.
The starters for the game were voted on by fans and announced last week: Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Miami’s Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, New York’s Amar’e Stoudemire and Orlando’s Dwight Howard.
The Western Conference reserves are Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, Utah’s Deron Williams, the Lakers’ Pau Gasol and the Clippers’ Blake Griffin.
The West starters are New Orleans’ Chris Paul, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Houston’s Yao Ming.
Yao is out for the season with an ankle injury and NBA commissioner David Stern will select his replacement.
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