Jan. 29, 2009
ORLANDO, FLA. - Jameer Nelson, arguably the greatest player in Saint Joseph's history, added another title to his resume - that of NBA All-Star. The Orlando Magic guard was named as one of the reserves for the East Team for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game on February 15 in Phoenix. He becomes the first-ever player from Saint Joseph's to earn the honor.
Nelson has played and started in 39 games this season for the Magic, averaging 16.9 ppg., a team-high 5.4 apg., 3.4 rpg. and a team-high-tying 1.23 stlpg. in 31.5 minpg. He is shooting .504 (252-of-500) from the field, .446 (75-of-168) from three-point range and .880 (81-of-92) from the free throw line. Nelson has been named the NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week twice this season. He has scored in double figures 35 times, has netted 20-plus points 14 times and recorded a career-high-tying 32 points on Dec. 15 @ Golden State.
"I was anxious to find out. I honestly don't get that way. But me hearing everywhere, `You're an all-star, you're having an all-star season,' and you just want to see if you get the respect that other people think you deserve,'' Nelson said. ``The all-star game to me is an unbelievable accomplishment.''
Nelson will join teammates Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis on the East Team, giving the Magic the most All-Stars ever. Howard was voted as starter, earning over three million votes by the fans.
Nelson has played with the Magic ever since being chosen in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft by Denver, and then being traded for by Orlando that evening.