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Last season Darius Garland became an NBA All-Star for the first time in his career. The 23-year-old point guard thinks he deserves the selection this year as well.

Garland finished 9th in the All-Star voting this season. He was 10th among Eastern Conference guards in fan voting with 375,405 votes.

Via Chris Fedor of Cleveland Plain Dealer:

“I should be an All-Star,” Garland told Thursday morning following shootaround at Houston’s Toyota Center. “My numbers are kind of similar to last year. We’re a lot better as a team this year. We have aspirations for the playoffs and we’re in as of now. Why wouldn’t I be an All-Star?”

This season Garland is averaging 21.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 8 assists in 36 minutes per game.