Zach Randolph arrived in Memphis in 2009 as an accomplished NBA player. But he's experienced a lot of career firsts with the Grizzlies, and today the 6-9 power forward added another one. Randolph was named to the All-NBA third team for the first time in his 10 seasons. He also became the first player in franchise history to pick up All-NBA honors. Randolph, who made his first All-Star team in 2010, said the recognition validates hard work, and the commitment he made to winning and refurbish his image. "It's a blessing," said Randolph, who averaged 20.1 points, and a career-high and franchise-record 12.2 rebounds during the regular season. "I came here and there was a lot of speculation and a lot of talk about this and that. But it's worked out good for me. God has been good. The city of Memphis and the organization have been good." Former University of Memphis point guard Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) leads the All-NBA first team. Rose also is the league's reining Most Valuable Player. Former Griz forward Pau Gasol, now with the Los Angeles Lakers, is among those on the All-NBA second team. Joining Randolph on the third team is the San Antonio's Manu Ginobili, New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul, Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge and Atlanta's Al Horford. Randolph and Aldridge did not earn All-Star nods this season. Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut was the last player to be snubbed as an All-Star in the same season he made an All-NBA team. Bogut was an All-NBA third team selection during the 2009-10 season. Griz coach Lionel Hollins point out that Randolph's individual accolades are a testament to his growth and maturity.
Zach Randolph makes All-NBA third team; first player in Grizzlies' history so honored
Memphis Commercial Appeal | May 13