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Pacers Forward Paul George Named All-Star For Third Time

He's averaging 23.7 points per game, which ranks eighth in NBA.

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was selected an NBA All-Star for the third time in his six-year career Thursday.

George, 25, was voted by fans an Eastern Conference starter for the Feb. 14 game in Toronto. He ranked third in the conference with 711,595 votes. He’s eighth in scoring with an average of 23.7 points per game.

He was also voted a starter in 2014 and selected by coaches as a reserve in 2013, which at 22 made him the youngest Pacers player to ever be chosen for the game.

“I want to thank fans worldwide and in particular Pacers' fans for voting me on the All-Star team as a starter,” George said in a team release. “It's a great honor that I respectfully share with everyone who helped me and believed in me after the injury. This is also a team honor that I share with my coaches and teammates.”

George recently admitted the need to play through leg fatigue in his return from missing all but six games last season with a broken right leg. As a result, he’s non-committal on playing for Team USA in the Summer Olympics.

He’s the third Pacers player to start the NBA All-Star Game, joining Reggie Miller (1995) and Jermaine O'Neal (2003, 2004 and 2006).

George is the 12th Pacers player to be named to the All-Star team after Don Buse, Billy Knight, Miller, Detlef Schrempf, Rik Smits, Dale Davis, O’Neal, Brad Miller, Ron Artest, Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert

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