Great news coming out of Atlanta on Thursday, as Hawks forward Paul Millsap has been named to the All-Star team as an Eastern Conference reserve for the first time in his career.
Millsap is averaging 17.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.2 blocks for the Hawks. This is much deserved, as Millsap has been the best player on the squad since Horford went down, and he has been the most consistent player as well. Millsap joins Chris Bosh, DeMar DeRozan, Roy Hibbert, Joe Johnson, Joakim Noah and John Wall in the East as reserves.
This is his first All-Star selection in his nine seasons, and he becomes the first All-Star for the Hawks since Joe Johnson was in his final season as a Hawk in 2012. I have no doubt that Horford would have been there had he been healthy, though.
Millsap represents a team that is currently fourth in the Eastern Conference at 23-21, and he has now done something Josh Smith never did as a Hawk: make an All-Star team. Pero Antic will also join Paul in New Orleans as he plays in the Rising Stars Challenge.
Congrats to Millsap, represent the city of Atlanta well!