Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics has been named to the East's NBA All-Star team, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. The point guard finished third in fan voting for the Eastern Conference team, trailing just Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and Chicago Bulls lead guard Derrick Rose. Rondo actually had a lead on Rose for the second guard spot in early voting, but Rose, mentioned in MVP discussions this season, moved ahead.
Head coaches (or, more likely, their teams' PR units) select seven All-Star reserves from their own conference. They must select at least two guards, two forwards and a center, though there is some latitude on how "center" is defined.
Rondo is expected to be joined in the All-Star Game by Celtics teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Boston's Ray Allen is expected to battle with the Atlanta Hawks' Joe Johnson for the second East guard spot. Rondo is averaging a league-high 12.5 assists per game, the NBA's highest individual average since John Stockton's 13.7 in 1992.
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