Grizzlies named to NBA All-Star Game Ballot
Fans encouraged to vote daily at NBA.com or via text message.
MEMPHIS, January 6, 2011 – Four Memphis Grizzlies players – Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley – have been selected to appear on the ballot for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, the NBA has announced. The annual event will take place Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 at the Amway Center in Orlando and will be broadcast live on TNT and ESPN Radio.
Gay (6-8, 230) leads Memphis in scoring (15.8 points) this season while averaging a career-high 8.2 rebounds (T-19th in the NBA), 1.50 steals and 0.83 blocks in 34.3 minutes in his sixth NBA season. The 25-year-old high-flyer holds career averages of 17.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists on .456 shooting in 35.9 minutes in 378 games (342 starts) with the Grizzlies.
Randolph (6-9, 255) was following up his 2010-11 All-NBA Third Team campaign by averaging 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds through the first three games this season before sustaining a torn right MCL on Jan. 1 at Chicago. The 29-year-old, who was selected to the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, holds career averages of 17.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists on .474 shooting in 666 career games (538 starts) over 11 seasons with the Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers.
Gasol (7-1, 265) is following his impressive performance during the 2011 NBA Playoffs by averaging 12.8 points, a career-high 10.2 rebounds (4th in the NBA), 1.67 blocks and a career-best 1.67 steals on .549 shooting in a team-high 34.8 minutes this season. One of the league’s most versatile big men, the 26-year-old, who re-signed with Memphis to a multi-year contract on Dec. 14, holds career averages of 12.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.45 blocks in 238 games (231 starts) over four seasons with the Grizzlies.
Conley (6-1, 185) has averaged 13.0 points, 7.5 assists and 3.50 steals over the past two games since returning from a left ankle injury that he suffered in the first minute of the Grizzlies’ home opener on Dec. 28 vs. Oklahoma City. Overall, the 24-year-old floor general is posting 9.3 points, 5.5 assists and 2.25 steals in 23.3 minutes this season, while sharing the league lead in free throw percentage (1.000, 11-of-11 FT). Now in his fifth NBA season, Conley holds career averages of 11.7 points, 5.2 assists and 1.32 steals in 300 games (271 starts) with the Grizzlies.
2012 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint gives fans around the world the opportunity to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. There are several ways fans can cast their votes as part of this season’s all-digital program, including in 16 languages on NBA.com and through mobile phones by texting the player’s last name to 6-9-6-2-2 (“MYNBA”) or by visiting m.NBA.com on any wireless carrier. Sprint customers can also access the ballot and vote through the new “Sprint NBA Mobile” application, the most comprehensive app in the marketplace for NBA fans.