GRIZZLIES RUDY GAY, MARC GASOL, O.J. MAYO AND ALLEN IVERSON SELECTED TO 2010 ALL-STAR GAME BALLOT
Memphis, Tennessee – The NBA announced today that Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay, center Marc Gasol and guards O.J. Mayo and Allen Iverson will appear on the ballot for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. The annual event will take place Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas and will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio.
Gay, a 6-8, 230-pound forward, is leading the team in scoring (career-high 22.3 points, 13th in the NBA) for a third consecutive season and posting a career-high 7.0 rebounds in 39.9 minutes per game (6th). The 23-year-old holds career averages of 16.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.18 steals in 34.0 minutes in 245 games (209 starts).
Gasol, a 7-1, 265-pound center, leads the team in rebounds (career-high 11.9, 2nd in the NBA) and blocks (1.57) while averaging 15.4 points on 55.4 percent shooting. The 48th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Gasol is tied for the NBA lead in double-doubles (5). The 24-year-old holds career averages of 12.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.13 blocks on 53.2 percent shooting in 89 games (82 starts).
Mayo, a 6-4, 210-pound guard, ranks third on the team in scoring (18.0) in his second NBA season. The third overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, Mayo poured in a career-high 40 points on Nov. 1 at Denver, the eighth 40-point game in franchise history. The 22-year-old holds career averages of 18.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.10 steals in 38.0 minutes in 89 games (all starts).
Iverson, a 6-0, 165-pound guard, is averaging 12.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists on 57.7 percent shooting in three games in his 14th NBA season. A 10-time All-Star and the 2000-01 NBA Most Valuable Player, Iverson became the 16th player in NBA history to score 24,000 career points on Nov. 4 at Golden State. The 34-year-old holds career averages of 27.0 points (6th in NBA history), 3.7 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 2.21 steals on 42.5 percent shooting in 889 games (877 starts).
2010 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile, with associate partner 2K Sports, allows fans around the world to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. For the first time in balloting history, fans can vote for All-Stars any time by texting a player’s last name from their mobile phones. Fans can cast one SMS vote per day, per phone number.
There are several ways fans can cast their votes, including: at each NBA arena; in 20 languages on NBA.com; and through mobile phones by texting the player’s last name to 6-9-6-2-2 (“MYNBA”), via Web2Go® on T-Mobile phones or wap.nba.com for any wireless carrier. A T-Mobile-branded All-Star Balloting widget will also be available on NBA.com so that fans can “grab” the widget and place it on their blogs, social network pages, or personal Web sites allowing others to vote directly from the widget. Paper balloting will continue through Jan. 10, while wireless balloting and voting on NBA.com will conclude Jan. 18. Starters will be announced live on TNT on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010.
The NBA All-Star ballot lists 120 players – 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences – with 24 guards, 24 forwards, and 12 centers from each conference comprising the list. Voters select two guards, two forwards and one center from each conference. The 120 players on the ballot were selected by a panel of media who regularly cover the NBA: Mike Breen (ABC/ESPN), Eddie Sefko (Dallas Morning News), Doug Smith (The Toronto Star and President, Pro Basketball Writers Association) Marc Spears (Yahoo! Sports), Marc Stein (ESPN.com) and Ian Thomsen (Sports Illustrated).