Blake Griffin: The Clipper Rookie Is Officially An NBA All-Star

Chris HoustonContributor IIIFebruary 3, 2011

Blake Griffin has already unofficially become the star of the upcoming NBA All-Star Weekend.

He has already been selected as the headliner for the NBA Dunk Contest.

He will be the best player on the court when he plays in the NBA Rookie vs. Sophomore Challenge, which pits this year's draft class against last year's.

And now he has officially been selected as an all-star for the Western Conference team. 

Highlights and dunks are certainly part of the equation that factors into an all-star selection, but this wasn't a fan vote.

The Western Conference coaches selected the team, as is customary.  This means that it wasn't just fancy plays or SportsCenter's Top 10 that got him on the team.

NBA coaches are obviously some of the most knowledgeable basketball minds in the world.

The fact that they used their votes to sift through a talent-packed Western Conference, especially at the forward position, to select Griffin speaks volumes.

His humble attitude in combination with his out-of-this-world athleticism, never-ending hustle and ability to lift his team to wins made him a must for being selected.

He beat out some very skilled notable players to garner his first selection.

First and foremost, Kevin Love is leading the lead in rebounds and double-doubles, but wasn't selected. 

LaMarcus Aldridge, Steve Nash, Monta Ellis, Tony Parker, Lamar Odom and Zach Randolph, among others were some of the bigger names who had a more than fair claim to have been playing at an all-star level, but weren't selected.

Blake Griffin is on to a blazing start to his NBA career.  He has taken the league by storm, and he's not showing any signs of slowing down.