February 9, 2006
- Seattle SuperSonics guard Ray Allen
has been named a reserve on the 2006 Western Conference All-Star Team, the NBA announced today. The selection is the sixth of Allen’s career and third straight since joining the Sonics in 2003. Reserve selections were awarded based on voting from each conference’s head coaches.
With Allen’s selection, the Sonics continue an impressive run of All-Star participation. Beginning with Shawn Kemp’s selection in 1993, the Sonics have been represented in each of the last 13 NBA All-Star Games, the longest active streak of any NBA franchise.
Over that span, the Sonics have held 21 roster spots on All-Star teams, edging out the Los Angeles Lakers (19) for most in the NBA. Gary Payton
(9 All-Star selections), Kemp (5), Allen (3), Detlef Schrempf
(2), Vin Baker (1) and Rashard Lewis
(1) have all represented Seattle in the league’s midseason showcase since the streak began in 1993.
Allen is currently averaging a career-best 24.8 points per game for the Sonics and his field-goal percentage (.441) and three-point percentage (.382) are both up from last year’s All-Star campaign. He also leads the league in three-pointers made (154) and ranks fourth in free-throw percentage (.902). Allen finished fourth amongst Western Conference guards in fan balloting, receiving 693,892 votes.
The 6-5 guard has averaged 15.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in his five previous All-Star appearances. His 11 three-pointers made in All-Star Games ties him with Kobe Bryant and Jason Kidd for the most in All-Star history.
The 55th NBA All-Star Game will be played in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 19 and will be broadcast live on TNT at 5 p.m. (PST).
The Western Conference starting lineup, as announced by the NBA last week, includes Phoenix’s Steve Nash and the Los Angeles Lakers Bryant in the backcourt, Houston’s Tracy McGrady and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan at forward and Houston’s Yao Ming in the middle. Joining Allen as reserves are the Los Angeles Clippers Elton Brand, Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett, Memphis’ Pau Gasol, Phoenix’s Shawn Marion, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki and San Antonio’s Tony Parker.
The Eastern Conference starting lineup includes Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson and Miami’s Dwyane Wade at the guard positions, Cleveland’s LeBron James and Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal at forward and Miami’s Shaquille O’Neal at center. Detroit Pistons Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace were all named as Eastern Conference reserves.