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Kemba Walker Named Starter for 2019 NBA All-Star Game

The former UConn star is having a career year, and was named to his third straight All-Star Game appearance.

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In the midst of a career year, former UConn men’s basketball star Kemba Walker has been named a starter for the Eastern Conference in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

Walker has made the All-Star Game the last two seasons, but this will be his first as a starter. This year, Walker is averaging a career-high 25.0 points per game. He’s surpassed the 30-point mark 13 times, including a career-high 60 points against the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 17.

Along with Houston Rockets’ star James Harden, Walker is one of just two players in the league with over 1,000 points, 250 assists, 150 rebounds, 150 three’s and 50 steals at this point in the season.

It is the 20th time a former UConn star has made the NBA’s All-Star game. Ray Allen earned 10 appearances during his Hall of Fame career, Rip Hamilton played in three All-Star Games, Caron Butler and Andre Drummond both made the team twice while Cliff Robinson made it once.

The past year has been a good one for UConn products in the pros, as former Huskies have made the All-Star game in the WNBA, MLB and NFL.