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Jarvis Greer

6-Grizzlies on NBA ALL-STAR Ballot

JACKSON, E. JONES, STOUDAMIRE, GASOL, MILLER AND WRIGHT

HIGHLIGHT THE NBA ALL-STAR 2006 BALLOT

Memphis, Tennessee - The NBA today announced that guards Bobby Jackson, Eddie Jones and Damon Stoudamire, forwards Pau Gasol and Mike Miller and center Lorenzen Wright will represent the Memphis Grizzlies on the 2005-06 All-Star Ballot. All-Star Balloting begins today, giving fans worldwide the opportunity to vote for their favorite players as starters for the 55th NBA All-Star Game. The 2006 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in more than 200 countries, will be held at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on Sunday, Feb. 19.

Today's announcement marks Gasol's fifth consecutive year on an All-Star ballot, having represented Memphis at the 2002 and 2003 All-Star games as a selection on the Got Milk? Rookie and Sophomore teams. This season, Gasol is averaging career-highs in points (19.6 ppg), assists (3.8 apg) and blocks (2.22 bpg). Jones, a three-time All-Star selection and MVP of the Schick Rookie Game during the 1995 NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoenix, is second on the team in scoring (16.0 ppg) and ranks first in the league in three-point field goals made (27) and second in attempts (59).

Stoudamire, also an MVP of the Schick game at the 1996 All-Star Weekend in San Antonio, is 9.9 points and a team-high 4.6 assists per game, while ranking ninth in the NBA in free throw percentage (.941). Miller, who played in both the rookie and sophomore challenges at All-Star Weekend in 2001 and 2002, is averaging 9.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists. Wright is averaging 5.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in eight starts this season.

Fans have the opportunity to vote in NBA arenas, 19 languages on the NBA.com Network, approximately 130 Loews Cineplex Entertainment movie theaters in the United States, and through mobile phones at t-zones using T-Mobile service or wap.nba.com for any wireless carrier. This year's All-Star balloting partners include T-Mobile USA, X-Box, NBA2K6 and AOL.

NBA All-Star 2006 is a week-long celebration that enables fans to experience the thrill of the world's greatest athletes playing the game they love and features a full slate of community enhancing activities and fan festivals.

A total of 120 players - 60 each from the Eastern and Western Conferences - are listed on the NBA All-Star ballot, with 24 guards, 24 forwards and 12 centers from each conference comprising the ballot. 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 experts who regularly cover the NBA. This year's panel included Steve Aschburner (Minneapolis Star Tribune/ President, Professional Basketball Writers' Association), Ric Bucher (ESPN the Magazine), Ernie Johnson (Turner Sports), Mike Monroe (San Antonio Express News) and Sam Smith (Chicago Tribune).

The 2006 NBA All-Star Balloting program continues through Jan. 22, 2006 and updated results for the Eastern and Western Conferences will be issued regularly leading up to the unveiling of the All-Star starters Thursday Feb. 2 prior to a TNT doubleheader. Following the completion of fan voting and the starting line-up announcement, the head coaches in each conference will vote to determine the remaining All-Stars in their respective conference, which will be announced Thursday Feb. 9 on NBA TV when the Los Angeles Lakers face the Dallas Mavericks.

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The following is a complete listing of the players as they appear on the ballot:

NBA ALL-STAR 2006 EASTERN CONFERENCE BALLOT

EAST GUARDS (24)

Gilbert Arenas, Washington

Chauncey Billups, Detroit

Vince Carter, New Jersey

Antonio Daniels, Washington

Ricky Davis, Boston

TJ Ford, Milwaukee

Steve Francis, Orlando

Ben Gordon, Chicago

Richard Hamilton, Detroit

Kirk Hinrich, Chicago

Larry Hughes, Cleveland

Allen Iverson, Philadelphia

Stephen Jackson, Indiana

Joe Johnson, Atlanta

Jason Kidd, New Jersey

Brevin Knight, Charlotte

Stephon Marbury, New York

Gary Payton, Miami

Morris Peterson, Toronto

Michael Redd, Milwaukee

Jalen Rose, Toronto

Josh Smith, Atlanta

Jamaal Tinsley, Indiana

Dwyane Wade, Miami

EAST FORWARDS (24)

Ron Artest, Indiana

Chris Bosh, Toronto

Caron Butler, Washington

Tyson Chandler, Chicago

Luol Deng, Chicago

Drew Gooden, Cleveland

Al Harrington, Atlanta

Grant Hill, Orlando

Dwight Howard, Orlando

Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia

LeBron James, Cleveland

Antawn Jamison, Washington

Richard Jefferson, New Jersey

Antonio McDyess, Detroit

Emeka Okafor, Charlotte

Jermaine O'Neal, Indiana

Paul Pierce, Boston

Tayshaun Prince, Detroit

Quentin Richardson, New York

Bobby Simmons, Milwaukee

Joe Smith Milwaukee

Antoine Walker, Miami

Rasheed Wallace, Detroit

Chris Webber, Philadelphia

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EAST CENTERS (12)

Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee

Primoz Brezec, Charlotte

Eddy Curry, New York

Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia

Jeff Foster, Indiana

Brendan Haywood, Washington

Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Cleveland

Jerome James, New York

Nenad Krstic, New Jersey

Raef LaFrentz, Boston

Shaquille O'Neal, Miami

Ben Wallace, Detroit

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NBA ALL-STAR 2006 WESTERN CONFERENCE BALLOT

WEST GUARDS (24)

Ray Allen, Seattle

Mike Bibby, Sacramento

Earl Boykins, Denver

Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers

Sam Cassell, LA Clippers

Speedy Claxton, NO/OKC

Baron Davis, Golden State

Michael Finley, San Antonio

Manu Ginobili, San Antonio

Matt Harpring, Utah

Bobby Jackson, Memphis

Jim Jackson, Phoenix

Eddie Jones, Memphis

Andre Miller, Denver

Cuttino Mobley, LA Clippers

Steve Nash, Phoenix

Tony Parker, San Antonio

Jason Richardson, Golden State

Luke Ridnour, Seattle

Jerry Stackhouse, Dallas

Damon Stoudamire, Memphis

Sebastian Telfair, Portland

Jason Terry, Dallas

David Wesley, Houston

WEST FORWARDS (24)

Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Sacramento

Carmelo Anthony, Denver

Carlos Boozer, Utah

Bruce Bowen, San Antonio

Elton Brand, LA Clippers

PJ Brown, NO/OKC

Tim Duncan, San Antonio

Kevin Garnett, Minnesota

Pau Gasol, Memphis

Robert Horry, San Antonio

Andrei Kirilenko, Utah

Rashard Lewis, Seattle

Corey Maggette, LA Clippers

Shawn Marion, Phoenix

Kenyon Martin, Denver

Tracy McGrady, Houston

Mike Miller, Memphis

Troy Murphy, Golden State

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas

Lamar Odom, LA Lakers

Zach Randolph, Portland

Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento

Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix

Wally Szczerbiak, Minnesota

WEST CENTERS (12)

Marcus Camby, Denver

Erick Dampier, Dallas

Chris Kaman, LA Clippers

*Jamaal Magloire, NO/OKC

Chris Mihm, LA Lakers

Brad Miller, Sacramento

Mehmet Okur, Utah

Michael Olowokandi, Minnesota

Joel Przybilla, Portland

Kurt Thomas, Phoenix

Lorenzen Wright, Memphis

Yao Ming, Houston

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* The New Orleans/Oklahoma City - Milwaukee trade involving Jamaal Magloire was completed after the media panel's deadline for selecting the ballot and therefore Magloire is listed on the ballot as a member of his prior team. For tabulation purposes, Magloire's votes will be counted towards the Eastern Conference totals.

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