By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 28, 2008
MILWAUKEE, Jan. 27 -- It would appear that Wizards forward Caron Butler stands an excellent chance of being named to the Eastern Conference all-star squad when the reserves are announced Thursday, and there is at least a decent chance that forward Antawn Jamison will make it as well.
Reserves for the East and West teams are selected by coaches in each conference, with voting taking place Monday afternoon. The coaches will select two guards, two forwards, a center and two additional players regardless of position.
In the last 10 years, only two players who averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds while playing for a winning team at the break did not play in an all-star team. It happened to Utah's Carlos Boozer last season and Chris Webber, then of the Sacramento Kings, in 2002-03, both of whom were sidelined with injuries.
Jamison entered Sunday night's game at Milwaukee averaging 21.3 points and 10.4 rebounds. Butler, a Wisconsin native who played in front of a large number of friends and family Sunday night, said he's optimistic that both he and Jamison will be chosen.
The Wizards had two all-stars in 2004-05 (Jamison and Gilbert Arenas) and last year (Arenas and Butler).
"It would be a nice look if we can be there," Butler said. "We're definitely deserving, but it's out of our hands. We'll just have to keep playing, continue helping this team win games and see what happens."
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