Westbrook named 2019 NBA All-Star

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu, front, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    The NBA announced Thursday, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was named a 2019 All-Star.

    The two-time NBA All-Star game MVP Westbrook is scheduled to make his eight-career All-Star appearance.

    This is the second consecutive season for Westbrook to rank in the top five in both assists and steals.

    He currently is averaging 21.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, a league-best 10.8 assists and 2.29 steals, second in the NBA.

    Westbrook leads the league with 17 triple-doubles and is on pace to average a triple-double for the third consecutive year.

    No player in NBA history had averaged a triple-double in two straight seasons prior to Westbrook and he leads the NBA in offensive loose balls recovered (1.1), while ranking second in points off opponent turnovers (5.0) and fifth in deflections (3.6).

    The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will follow last year’s format whereby LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will draft rosters from a pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their picks regardless of conference affiliation.

    The 68th NBA All-Star Game will take place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. CT. TNT will televise the NBA All-Star Game for a 17th consecutive year.

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