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Damian Lillard officially announced as 2021 NBA All-Star reserve

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After being announced as the Western Conference Player of the Week Monday, Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was officially named a 2021 NBA All-Star.

The NBA released the voting results for the West and East All-Star reserves Tuesday afternoon, but the results were first reported by The Athletic's Shams Charania.

West All-Star Reserves: Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Paul George, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis

East All-Star Reserves:  James Harden, Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine, Ben Simmons, Nikola Vucevic

Last week, the All-Star starters were announced with Lakers’ LeBron James and Nets’ Kevin Durant chosen as team captains for the 70thAll-Star game.

It was then that all of Rip City found out that Lilard had been snubbed as a starter.  

 

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West All-Star Starters: LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry and Luka Doncic. 

East All-Star Starters: Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid.

Just like last year, Lillard trailed Doncic in the fan vote ranking No. 3 overall.

He did rank second in the player ranking and media voting though. Yet, since the two players were tied, the fan vote was the tiebreaker.

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"I still think Damian Lillard should be a starter," Shaquille O'Neal said after the votes were released last week.

This is Lillard's sixth All-Star nod.  

Heading into the second to last week of the First Half of the Season, the Blazers superstar totaled 18, 30-point games this season, which is among the most in the NBA.

He has been putting up MVP-type numbers. 

In 29 games played, Lillard is averaging 29.8 points, 7.9 assists, and 4.3 rebounds.