This year could be a big one for the Indiana Pacers in the All-Star game next month.
Two seasons ago, Roy Hibbert was the only Pacer represented as an All-Star. Last season, Paul George made the cut. Both played reserve roles on their respective teams, and George represented Indy well last year.
As voting for the 2014 All-Star Game in New Orleans ended at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, a number of Indiana Pacers were in the running for a free ticket to NOLA. For the second consecutive season, George should be joining the East All-Stars. Hibbert was also receiving a substantial number of favorable votes.
Lance Stephenson produced this video to help self-promote his desire to play in the game. Last but certainly not least, Indiana head coach Frank Vogel was recently tabbed the head coach of the Eastern Conference due to the Pacers’ early success.
As of last night, George and Vogel were the only sure “locks” to make the trip. George trailed only Miami Heat forward LeBron James in voting for the Eastern Conference frontcourt. James and George are expected to start alongside one another for the East, filling two of the three starting spots.
A rule change by the NBA eliminated voting for a true “center,” meshing Hibbert and other true big men into the fray with small and power forwards. It seemed as though Hibbert had obtained enough votes to be a reserve in New Orleans.
Before posting his promotional video, Stephenson was in need of a couple hundred thousand more votes to earn even a reserve role for the Eastern Conference. It is unclear where Stephenson was in the voting department as of Monday night.
An announcement as to who the starters for each team will be is expected to be made Thursday on a national television broadcast. George’s name will most likely be called, with Vogel already deemed the coach. Hibbert and Stephenson may also get their numbers called, and injuries to others can present opportunities for those wanting the chance to be an All-Star.