The Cavaliers Kyrie Irving was named to the NBA's Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve on Thursday night. This is the first All-Star game for Irving who is in his second year in the league.
On the year, Irving is averaging 23.7 points and 5.7 assists in 32 games this season. Irving has missed 11 games this season because of injury. His 23.7 points per game is the highest in the NBA by a point guard.
"I'm truly blessed and thankful for the opportunity that the NBA has afforded me," Irving said. "This is more of a blessing for our team and the city of Cleveland and that's what it's mainly about. I'm just really happy and excited for this opportunity."
Despite the Cavaliers 11-32 record the coaches believed he should have been an All-Star.
"I'm extremely happy for Kyrie making the All Star team this year," Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant said. "It certainly was well deserved. He's a guy that works very hard and is the epitome of who we want to be. He has grown as a player and a person here in Cleveland and we're looking forward to him continuing to do that."
The All-Star game will be played on Sunday, February 17 in Houston.