East Team's Joakim Noah from France, of the Chicago Bulls celebrates against the West Team during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was selected to the All-Star Game as an Eastern Conference reserve for the second consecutive season Thursday.

The former Gator is only one of eight NBA players this year averaging a double-double (11.7 points and 11.4 rebounds), and also has a 17-game streak going with double-digit rebounds.

“I’m just happy,” Noah said on a conference call with reporters Thursday night. “It’s an unbelievable honor to be selected to the All-Star Game, play against the best players in the world. Very humbling and I’m happy hard work is paying off. Even though it’s not my priority, it’s still a good achievement and I’m proud of it.”

The game will be played Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT in the New Orleans Arena. Noah scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his All-Star debut last season.

The 28-year-old was the ninth overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft after winning back-to-back national championships and receiving first-team All-SEC honors at Florida.

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