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Zach Randolph selected to 2010-11 All-NBA Third Team

First All-NBA Honors for Randolph and Grizzlies

Memphis, Tennessee – Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph was selected to the 2010-11 All-NBA Third Team, the league announced today, the first All-NBA selection for both Randolph and the Grizzlies franchise.

Leading the Grizzlies organization to new heights this season, the 6-9, 255-pound forward posted 20.1 points (19th in the NBA), a career-high and franchise-record 12.2 rebounds (3rd) and 2.2 assists on .503 shooting in 36.3 minutes in 75 games in his second season in Memphis. 

Guiding the team to its first playoff appearance since 2006 and subsequently helping to change the basketball culture in Memphis, Randolph has poured in 22.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists over 11 postseason games for the Grizzlies, who have tied for the most victories by an eight-seed in Western Conference Playoff history (six).  

In the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs, Memphis became just the second eight-seed in NBA history to defeat a one-seed in a best-of-seven series against the San Antonio Spurs.  Behind Randolph, who averaged 21.5 points during the series and scored 17 in the fourth quarter during the series-clinching Game 6 victory, the Grizzlies notched their first playoff win and playoff series victory in team history.

The most decorated player in franchise history, the 29-year-old Marion, Ind. native won the Western Conference Player of the Month Award for January 2011, becoming the first Grizzlies player to earn such a distinction.   Randolph also added three Western Conference Player of the Week Awards (Jan. 3-9, Jan. 24-30, March 28-April 3) as well as the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for December 2010 to his list of accolades this season.  All of those honors have been career firsts.

Averaging at least 20 points and 10 boards for the third consecutive season, Randolph was one of four players to do so in 2010-11 (Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love) and the only player to accomplish the feat in each of the last two seasons.  It also marked the 10-year veteran’s fifth consecutive season to average a double-double (only Howard, at seven-straight, has a longer streak).

Since acquiring Randolph two seasons ago from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Quentin Richardson, Memphis has gone 86-78 (.524) in the regular season after the team finished an NBA-low 68-178 (.276) the previous three seasons.  The Grizzlies improved by 16 wins from 2008-09 to 2009-10 and by another six victories from last season to this season, leading the league in points in the paint in each of those two campaigns.

For his contributions on and off the court, the Grizzlies rewarded Randolph with a multi-year contract extension on April 20, 2011.

The All-NBA Teams were chosen by a panel of 119 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.  The media voted for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams by position with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.  Randolph received a total of 67 points from the voting panel.

The All-NBA First Team consists of guards Derrick Rose, the league MVP of the Chicago Bulls and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, forwards LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and center Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic.

The All-NBA Second Team includes guards Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, forwards Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks and Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers, and center Amar’e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks.

Joining Randolph on the All-NBA Third Team are guards Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets and Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs, forward LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers and Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks.

Memphis center Marc Gasol also appeared in the final voting tallies with three points.