But­ler, Jamison Await All-Star Vote

The Washington Post - - Profession­al Basketball - By Ivan Carter

TORONTO, Jan. 30 — For­wards Caron But­ler and Antawn Jamison will learn Thurs­day if they will be re­serves on the East­ern Con­fer­ence all-star team in the Feb. 17 game in New Or­leans. The seven re­serves for each con­fer­ence are voted in by coaches, who sub­mit­ted their bal­lots on Mon­day. But­ler, who was an all-star last year, fig­ures to be a vir­tual lock based on the fact that he’s played even bet­ter this sea­son, while Jamison, who was an all-star dur­ing the 2004-05 sea­son, has made a strong case for him­self as well.

Jamison played like an all-star on Tues­day night when he posted 24 points and 20 re­bounds in an 108-104 over­time win over Toronto at Ver­i­zon Cen­ter. He en­tered Wed­nes­day’s game at Toronto av­er­ag­ing 21.4 points and a ca­reer-high 10.6 re­bounds and led all East for­wards with 26 dou­ble-dou­bles. Also, Jamison has his­tory on his side. In the last 10 years, no player who av­er­aged at least 20 points and 10 re­bounds on a team with a win­ning record at the mid­way point of the sea­son failed to make an all-star squad.

“Those op­por­tu­ni­ties don’t come around too of­ten so if it were to hap­pen, it would be great,” Jamison said. “Not too many peo­ple have had a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence it and I’ve had a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence it once. I would love to have an op­por­tu­nity to make it again.”

Be­ing an all-star could only help Jamison, con­sid­er­ing that he’s in the fi­nal year of his con­tract.

“No, that doesn’t hurt at all,” Jamison said with a smile and a laugh. “That’s a good point.”

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