SALT LAKE CITY -- Paul Millsap's name will not appear on the NBA's 2011 All-Star ballot.
Fortunately for the Utah Jazz power forward, he's not focused on Los Angeles in February (where the All-Star game will take place). Instead, he's focused on the here and now.
"My main thing is winning," Millsap said Wednesday following Utah's 98-88 victory over New Jersey.
Teammates Deron Williams, Al Jefferson, Andrei Kirilenko and even injured center Mehmet Okur appeared on the Western Conference side of the All-Star ballot, which was released on Thursday.
But no Millsap.
On the NBA's own web site, NBA.com, columnist Art Garcia wrote a personal apology to Millsap, lamenting the fact he didn't "stand up" to the other panelists who select names for the ballot.
"Millsap, buddy, I hope you make it," Garcia wrote. "For the last 32 days, I've regretted my decision not to be more firm, more passionate, more argumentative about getting you on the ballot. I toed the company line, even though I knew I was wrong. I sat in on a conference call back on Oct. 19 and tried to state my case that you should be on the ballot."
Going into tonight's home game with the San Antonio Spurs, Millsap is averaging 21.5 points and 9.5 rebounds.
His points-per-game average ranks No. 2 among power forwards, just behind Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki.
In rebounding, he ranks No. 4 overall among power forwards and No. 1 among Western Conference players at that position.
Millsap played a game-high 42 minutes on Wednesday. He and Utah's four other starters -- Williams, Kirilenko, Jefferson and Raja Bell -- all reached double figures in scoring for the first time all season.
Millsap finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds.
"Nineteen and 15," Millsap said, acknowledging the double-double. "But I shot 5-for-15 from the field. That's how I look at it. That's the type of stuff I look at."
Millsap, 25, is in his fifth season with the Jazz, but his first as a full-time starter.
Since coming to the Jazz as a second-round pick in 2006, he played in the shadow of former teammate Carlos Boozer, who signed with Chicago during the offseason.
Millsap said he doesn't feel pressure to put up 20 points and 10 rebounds a night, even though numbers like that are expected from Jazz power forwards.
"That's what people expect when you start doing it," he said. "But my main thing is staying consistent. I've got to stay consistent throughout the year."
During a stretch of the 2008-09 season, Millsap did exactly that, recording 19 consecutive double-doubles.
"Paul's one of those guys that just comes and works all the time," coach Jerry Sloan said. "He's a pleasure to work with because he comes and works every single day. He comes to practice and just tries to make himself better."
* JAZZ NOTES: Millsap missed Thursday's practice with what an team official called a "severe head cold." Additionally, Jefferson (lower back) also missed practice, as did sixth man C.J. Miles (lower back). Miles suffered his injury in the first half against New Jersey and did not return. He was sent to a chiropractor on Thursday. He will be a gametime decision for tonight. Both Jefferson and Millsap have been listed as probable for the game. ... Sloan will not be on the bench for tonight's game, nor Saturday's game at Portland. He will leave to attend the funeral of a family member but is expected to return for Monday's home game with Sacramento.