Pacers' Paul George named All-Star starter

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Indiana Pacers forward/guard Paul George has been named a starter for next month's NBA All-Star Game.

George was second in the Eastern Conference with 1,211,318 fan votes. His total was third-highest among all NBA players in the voting.

George made his initial All-Star Game appearance last year as a reserve, selected by the coaching staff.

"It's huge. It's special, it's a blessing, especially coming from where I come from," said George. "Gaining votes through the fans to be a starter…A lot of guys come into the league and they already have a name and an image, and fans already are following them and already know about their game coming into the league. For me to have nothing really, it's love to the true fans that I have so I think it's special."

George is the third Pacers player to start the All-Star Game as voted by fans, joining Reggie Miller in 1995 and Jermaine O'Neal, who started the game three times.

"All of our individual honors are indicative of team success but this particular honor is indicative of how far Paul has come with his individual improvement," said Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel. "We're very excited for Paul, our franchise and our fans that he has been honored this way."

The NBA All-Star Game will be played February 16 in New Orleans.