Eastern Conference Reserves
These players are in the running for a reserve All-Star berth

Thanks to the fans, the starters for the 2004 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Feb. 15 (8 ET, TNT) have been selected. Now, it's up to the coaches in their respective conferences to select one center, two forwards, two guards and two wild card picks to fill the roster for the All-Star Game. Reserves will be named on Feb. 3. Here are some of the leading candidates (stats through Jan. 29).

Centers
Starter: Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons, 1,465,308 votes

Zydrunas Ilgauskas • Cleveland Cavaliers
An All-Star for the first time last season, Ilgauskas has become a consistent force in the middle for the Cavaliers. "Z" is first among Eastern Conference centers in scoring with 14.4 ppg (and he does that averaging only 29.6 mpg) and is fourth among East centers in rebounding (7.8 rpg).
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
44
29.6
.485
.500
.714
7.8
1.4
0.43
1.95
14.4


Jamaal Magloire • New Orleans Hornets
In his fourth NBA season, all with the Hornets, Magloire has never made the All-Star team. Magloire's numbers have improved each season and that improvement could lead to an All-Star berth this season. Magloire is tied for first among East centers with 9.2 rpg and is averaging a career-high 11.7 ppg.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
45
32.8
.468
.000
.698
9.2
1.2
0.62
1.16
11.7


Kurt Thomas • New York Knicks
Gritty, hardworking and unsung, Thomas, at 6-9, goes to battle against taller centers every night. Third among East centers with 9.0 rpg, he leads all pivotmen in the East with 321 defensive boards. Thomas also is averaging career- bests in blocks, steals and free throw percentage.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
46
33.0
.451
.000
.818
9.0
1.9
0.61
1.11
11.5


Forwards
Starters: Vince Carter, Toronto Raptors, 1,629,169 votes
Jermaine O'Neal, Indiana Pacers, 1,225,350 votes

Ron Artest • Indiana Pacers
Known for his defense, Artest is stealthily adept on the offensive end of the floor, averaging a career-high 17.4 ppg. But it's on the defensive end of the floor where Artest has left his mark on opponents. Artest, who has not made an All-Star team, is second in the league in total steals with 94.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
45
37.6
.420
.292
.744
5.2
3.9
2.09
0.82
17.4


Carlos Boozer • Cleveland Cavaliers
A second-round pick, Boozer has been impressive in his second season. Selected to participate in the got milk? Rookie Challenge on Fri. Feb. 13, Boozer's putting up numbers (14.0 ppg and 11 rpg) that could place him in Sunday's main event.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
38
34.1
.505
.200
.763
11.0
2.1
1.08
0.84
14.0


Kenyon Martin • New Jersey Nets
One of the more ferocious finishers in the league, the the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft is third among all Eastern Conference power forwards in scoring, first in field goal percentage and sixth in rebounding. Martin is averaging career-highs in minutes, field goal percentage, rebounds, steals and points.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
37
35.8
.489
.333
.636
9.6
2.4
1.26
1.31
17.4


Lamar Odom • Miami Heat
After four years as a Clipper, it would be a delicious irony for Odom to make his first All-Star appearance in Los Angeles. Odom is feeling fine in his first season in South Florida as he is averaging a career-high with 9.7 rpg and is a force on the glass as he is sixth in the NBA with 7.9 defensive rebounds per game.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
45
38.1
.417
.278
.716
9.7
4.2
1.02
0.78
16.8


Guards
Starters: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers, 1,322,327 votes; Tracy McGrady, Orlando Magic, 939,547 votes

Chauncey Billups • Detroit Pistons
Billups, who has played for five teams in seven seasons, has finally found a home in his second season in Detroit. Averaging career-highs in minutes, three-point percentage, free throw percentage, rebounds and points, Billups is a big reason the Pistons have the East's second-best record.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
46
36.5
.382
.430
.892
3.7
5.2
1.09
0.09
18.0


Baron Davis • New Orleans Hornets
Trimmed down and bulked up, Davis, a Los Angeles native, is having his best season as a pro. Second in three-pointers made, fourth in assists, fifth in scoring and first in the league in steals, Davis has been getting it done for the Hornets on both ends of the floor.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
42
40.9
.387
.306
.641
4.2
8.0
2.43
0.43
23.4


LeBron James • Cleveland Cavaliers
The most heralded rookie to enter the league in recent years, James has been everything and more. Deservedly participating in the got milk? Rookie Challenge on Friday, James has numbers that could place him in Sunday's extravaganza. First among rookies in points, second in assists and fourth in rebounds, James has become the Cavs' go-to player.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
42
40.2
.415
.274
.759
5.8
6.0
1.52
0.69
20.5


Jason Kidd • New Jersey Nets
Considered to be one of the best point guards in the NBA, Kidd, a six-time All-Star, is having one of the better seasons of his career. Leading the league in assists, Kidd's also averaging 17.0 ppg, the second-best scoring average of his career.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
43
37.4
.393
.345
.797
6.4
9.6
1.74
0.26
17.0


Stephon Marbury • New York Knicks
Recently traded to his hometown Knicks, Marbury has flourished with the trade. In his 12 games with the Knicks, Marbury is averaging 10.3 apg to go along with 16.8 ppg while wearing New York's blue and orange. Marbury, a two-time All-Star, is second in the NBA behind Jason Kidd in assists.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
46
41.2
.435
.318
.807
3.3
8.8
1.78
0.13
19.8


Paul Pierce • Boston Celtics
Pierce, who has appeared in two consecutive All-Star games, has scored 27 points in his two appearances. Pierce is second in the league behind All-Star Tracy McGrady with 1,085 points. Pierce also gets to the line more than anyone (352 attempts) other than All-Star Tim Duncan.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
47
38.7
.402
.335
.832
6.9
5.6
1.55
0.77
23.1


Michael Redd • Milwaukee Bucks
A second-round draft pick who spent three seasons in Ray Allen's shadow, Redd has blossomed when placed into the light of playing time. Redd is eighth in the league in scoring, ninth in the league in three-pointers made (84) and third among East shooting guards in rebounds.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
45
37.6
.447
.370
.862
5.3
2.3
1.02
0.07
22.1