Zydrunas Ilgauskas Named Eastern Conference All-Star

Cleveland's Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
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CLEVELAND, Feb. 8 – Cleveland Cavaliers’ center Zydrunas Ilgauskas has been named as a reserve to the 2005 Eastern Conference All-Star Team, it was announced today by the NBA. Ilgauskas, an All-Star reserve in 2003, will join LeBron James on the Eastern Conference All-Star Team.

Ilgauskas has played in all 46 games (all starts), posting averages of 16.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.9 blocks per game. Over the last six games, he is averaging 20.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Ilgauskas ranks second among Eastern Conference centers in scoring, fourth in rebounding, third in blocks and first in free throw percentage (.809).

Ilgauskas and James are the first Cavaliers’ teammates to be named All-Stars together since the 1993 season (Daugherty, Nance and Price) and will become the fifth set of two or more teammates to be named to the team in franchise history. Ilgauskas is the seventh player in Cavaliers’ history to be named to at least two All-Star teams.

This will be Ilgauskas’ third trip to NBA All-Star Weekend. He was the MVP of the Rookie Challenge in 1998 and was a member of the Eastern Conference All-Star Team in 2003.

The 54th NBA All-Star Game will take place in Denver, CO on Sunday, February 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET.