Andre Iguodala is a first-time all-star, a selection in which winning trumped individual scoring statistics.

The Sixers are 18-8 and entered Thursday as the No. 3 team in the Eastern Conference.

Iguodala, 28, was among the seven Eastern Conference reserves named Thursday night. The NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 26 in Orlando.

Last week, the starters - selected by the fans - were announced. The Eastern Conference head coaches picked the reserves. The coaches had to select two guards, two forwards, a center, and two wild cards; they could not vote for their own players.

In his eighth season, Iguodala will make his first all-star appearance. He is averaging 13 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.77 steals, while ranking among the top defensive players in the league.

Iguodala, Miami's LeBron James, and Houston's Kyle Lowry, a former Villanova star, are the only players averaging at least 13 points, six rebounds, and five assists.

Earlier in the day, when asked whether he would vote himself in, Iguodala said, "Of course." After the all-star announcement, he was unavailable for comment, but he tweeted, "Thanks for all the coaches who voted for me in the All Star game. . . . The phone is blowing up . . . Thanks for the love . . . Truly a blessing."

Like the voters, Iguodala said he would place a heavy emphasis on the Sixers' winning season.

Coach Doug Collins said earlier Thursday that he woke up at 4 a.m., worrying whether the 76ers would earn at least one all-star berth. Now he can get some sleep.

"I could not be more proud of Andre Iguodala for being recognized as an all-star," Collins said in a statement released by the team. "Andre has meant so much to the success of our team this season, and he is one of the most talented, unselfish players I have ever had the opportunity to coach - the entire 76ers organization, our coaching staff, his teammates and I are thrilled he will be representing us in this year's All-Star Game."

Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler, who will face Iguodala and the Sixers on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center, worked out frequently last summer in Chicago with Iguodala. Butler was asked after Thursday's practice what it would mean if Iguodala were to be voted an all-star.

"It would be well-deserved," Butler said after the Clippers practiced at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. " . . . He's not going to blow you away with numbers from a scoring standpoint, although some nights he will. He does everything - defend, rebound, assist - and he is that glue guy and he is playing great."

Iguodala, who also is among 20 finalists for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, is the first Sixer selected as an all-star since Allen Iverson, who was voted a starter for the 2010 game but did not take part because of personal reasons. The last Sixer to play in an All-Star Game was Iverson in 2006.

Joining Iguodala as Eastern Conference reserves were Paul Pierce (Boston), Chris Bosh (Miami), Luol Deng (Chicago), Roy Hibbert (Indiana), Joe Johnson (Atlanta), and Deron Williams (New Jersey.

The East starters are James, Dwyane Wade (Miami), Derrick Rose (Chicago), Carmelo Anthony (New York), and Dwight Howard (Orlando).

The Western Conference reserves named Thursday were Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas), LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland), Marc Gasol (Memphis), Kevin Love (Minnesota), Steve Nash (Phoenix), Tony Parker (San Antonio), and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City).

The West starters are Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers), Blake Griffin and Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), and Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City).

Contact staff writer Marc Narducci at mnarducci@phillynews.com, 856-779-3225, or @sjnard on Twitter.