By T.J. ZUPPE, 92.3 The FanBy T.J. Zuppe | 92.3 The Fan

CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has been named a starter in the Eastern Conference in advance of next month’s NBA All-Star Game, which will be played in New Orleans, LA on Feb. 16.

Irving earned the spot by being voted in by the fans. He finished with 860,221 total votes in the NBA All-Star Balloting program.

It is Irving’s second overall All-Star selection and first as a starter.

Following the announcement, Irving tweeted: “Thank you fans for voting me as an All-star starter. Wouldn’t be there without you all!! #blessed”

Irving joins LeBron James and Shawn Kemp as the only Cavaliers to ever be named starters in the NBA All-Star Game. Last season, Irving became the 16th Cavalier to be named an All-Star.

The third-year point guard will start alongside other Eastern Conference starters Dwyane Wade and Lebron James of the Miami Heat, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers.

The top vote-getters in the West included guards Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant and forwards Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love.

The news comes on the same day Irving was selected to the US National Team roster pool. He joins 27 other players to be chosen from for the World Cup of Basketball this summer in Spain and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“It’s such an honor to be in such a great pool of players,” Irving said. “The veterans that are on the team, the newcomers, it’s such great talent. I’m just looking forward to going to camp and working hard with the team.”

Irving is averaging 21.7 points per game this season in 35.2 minutes per contest.

It is his second straight All-Star appearance.

He scored 15 points on 6-11 shooting, including 3-6 from long distance, three rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes in his first All-Star appearance in Houston.

Take The Shuttle

The Cavs assigned guards Carrick Felix and Sergey Karasev to the Canton Charge of the NBA’s Developmental League.

Both will be active in for Friday night’s game against Delaware.

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