10 Random Facts About Eastern Conference All-Star Paul Millsap

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10 Random Facts About Eastern Conference All-Star Paul Millsap

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Paul Millsap was recently named to his first All-Star Game. He will represent the Atlanta Hawks and the Eastern Conference in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. After a few snubs as a member of the Utah Jazz, it is so great to see Millsap get the recognition he deserves.

Millsap had to fill the void left by Al Horford, who yet again went down with a pectoral tear -- his second in three seasons. The pectoral tear has been a recurring injury for Horford since his days with the Florida Gators. The first season that Horford missed with injury was the 2011-12 season, where he returned for the Hawks' playoff run.

The 28-year old power forward, who is now in his seventh year in the league, is averaging an outstanding 18.1 points per game, 7.5 points per game, 3.4 assists per game and 3.0 steals per game in his last 10 played leading up to the All-Star break.

With Horford missing this season, Millsap is averaging a strong 17.5 points per game. His play this year has raised the eyebrows of several teams and caught the attention of fans all over the league. Millsap has earned his first career All-Star selection, and watch out for him in New Orleans as he could have a shot at being All-Star Game MVP. Crazier things have happened.

Millsap has done stuff you wouldn't ever think of. He is a great teammate and a great representative for the City of Atlanta. With that in mind, here's 10 random facts about Millsap that you might not know.

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10. Established Paul Millsap Scholarship Fund

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He established the Paul Millsap Scholarship Fund, which sends many underprivileged students to school to pursue a better education.

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9. Uncle Serves As Agent

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His uncle DeAngelo Simmons doubles as his agent.

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8. Born Same Day As Alex Gordon

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Millsap shares a birthday with Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon.

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7. Shares Birthday With Lance Berkman

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He shares a birthday with now retired MLB player Lance Berkman.

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6. Led Nation In Rebounding For Three Straight Years

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He's the only player in NCAA basketball history to lead the nation in rebounding for three straight years.

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5. Favorite NFL Team Is The Saints

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His favorite NFL team is the New Orleans Saints. This honestly broke my heart -- he's living in Atlanta and loving the rival.

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4. Brothers Also Play Professionally

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His brothers John L. Millsap and Elijah Millsap are also professional basketball players. John plays in the Latin basketball league and Elijah plays in the NBA D-League.

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3. Played Football In Middle School

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He played quarterback in middle school and just like a lot of kids that age, Paul dreamed of one day playing in the NFL. We're very thankful that he is now playing basketball rather than football. Well, at least I am.

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2. Named After Religious Prophet

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He is named after a biblical prophet along with his older brother John and their younger brothers, Elijah and Abraham.

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1. Nicknamed Trillsap

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Paul Millsap has been given a nickname from Atlanta Hawks fans: "Trillsap"