Memphis Grizzlies' Zach Randolph: He Deserves All-Star Nod

A. Enslen ButlerContributor IDecember 18, 2009

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 6:   Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies shoots over Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers on November 6, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 114-98.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Zach Randolph had a lot of doubters going into his first season with the Memphis Grizzlies.

But he has silenced all of those critics by becoming a team leader and one of the best power forwards in the Western Conference this season.

He has averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in three of his eight NBA seasons. He has averaged 18 points and 10 boards this season for the Grizzlies.

So given those numbers, how did he not included on the Western Conference All-Star ballot?

Allen Iverson, who has played all of three games for Memphis, is on the All-Star ballot. But Randolph was left off.

How much did reputation play into the decision to leave him off? Doubters, including myself, believed that Randolph would be a me-first, shoot-first player who did not play defense.

He has played a big part in the team's better-than-expected start.

By becoming a team leader, he has still put up great numbers when you compare him to other Western Conference power forwards.

Currently, Randolph is second in the West in double doubles. Only Carlos Boozer have more.

He is fourth in rebounding, trailing only Boozer, Marcus Camby and Tim Duncan. He is also fourth in scoring, above three All-Stars, Dirk Nowitzki, Boozer and Amare Stoudemire.

He would be worthy of All-Star voter, but since he is not on the ballot. Randolph is more than deserving of All-Star consideration from the coaching staff of the Western Conference team.


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