Billups is averaging a career-best 19.4 ppg to go along with 6.2 apg, 3.1 rpg and 1.23 spg in 40 appearances this season. He is shooting .416 (87-209) from three-point range and .901 (273-303) from the free-throw line. He currently ranks fourth in the NBA in FT percentage and is tied for 11th in assists.
The Denver-native and 2004 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player will be making his fifth-consecutive NBA All-Star appearance and second-straight as a Denver Nugget. The previous four seasons he had been selected as a reserve by the NBA head coaches, while this is his first time being chosen as an injury replacement.
Billups will join Nuggets teammate Carmelo Anthony on the 2010 West squad as Anthony had been voted a 2010 All-Star starter by the fans on Jan. 21. This marks the 10th time the Nuggets will have multiple players in an NBA All-Star Game. Coaching Billups, Anthony and the rest of the Western Conference team will be Nuggets coach George Karl, who earned the invitation by claiming the second-best record in the West on Jan. 31 (Phil Jackson of the first place L.A. Lakers is unable to coach because he did so at last year's game). With three Nuggets representatives set to be in Dallas, this is Denver's most for a single All-Star Game since having four in 1977, when players Bobby Jones, David Thompson and Dan Issel all started for a West team that was coached by the Nuggets' Larry Brown.
The 2010 NBA All-Star Game will be played on Feb. 14 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.
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