NBA All-Star Game Rookies: Blake Griffin Joins Jordan, All-Time Greats

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NBA All-Star Game Rookies: Blake Griffin Joins Jordan, All-Time Greats
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Blake Griffin continues to make history in his first season in the NBA.

Griffin was named a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star team Thursday, becoming just the 44th rookie to earn that distinction.

He is the first rookie chosen since Yao Ming in 2003 and the first to be selected by the coaches since Tim Duncan in 1998.

Prior to that, it was Grant Hill in 1995, Shaquille O'Neal in 1993 and Dikembe Mutombo in 1992.

Since its inception in 1951, the NBA All-Star game has showcased some of the greatest players ever to come through the league.  

It takes a special talent to earn the nod just halfway through that initial season.

While 44 may seem relatively high, Griffin is just the sixth rookie selected since David Robinson in 1990.

Twenty-three of those players are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan sure to follow.

Let's take a look at rookie All-Stars decade by decade.

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