Fans should not be able to vote for the NBA All-Star starters

on 01 4, 2010

Fans stink at voting for the right guys for the NBA All-Star team.  They get it wrong all the time.  Right now, Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson are on pace to start for each conference.  I’m pissed.  These two guys are washed up beyond belief.  Clearly, they’re getting votes based on reputation.  This garbage is going to cost a few great young players all-star spots that they deserved.

The old adage, “Fans should be able to see who they want to see in the game” is ridiculous.  Nobody buys into that.  We should see the best players in the world competing, not the most popular.  Chinese votes mess everything up.  Yao Ming, for several years early on in his career, was voted a starter in the West when he wasn’t the best center.

Washed up Shaq has made the All-Star Team a few times now when he definitely shouldn’t have.

Here’s how the votes stack up so far:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards: LeBron James (Clev) 1,579,530; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 1,317,739; Chris Bosh (Tor) 644,473; Paul Pierce (Bos) 320,499; Josh Smith (Atl) 293,680; Andre Iguodala (Phi) 201,312; Danny Granger (Ind) 198,478; Michael Beasley (Mia) 163,737; Hedo Turkoglu (Tor) 117,168; Rashard Lewis (Orl) 114,359; Caron Butler (Was) 99,079.

Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 1,539,968; Allen Iverson (Phi) 806,749; Vince Carter (Orl) 651,134; Ray Allen (Bos) 452,708; Gilbert Arenas (Was) 407,581; Derrick Rose (Chi) 344,435; Joe Johnson (Atl) 288,841; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 237,648; Mike Bibby (Atl) 139,484; Jose Calderon (Atl) 138,479.

Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 1,479,625; Shaquille O’Neal (Cle) 536,681; Al Horford (Atl) 157,050; Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 146,595; Brook Lopez (NJ) 133,106; Andrew Bogut (Mil) 115,915; Jermaine O’Neal (Mia) 98,397; Rasheed Wallace (Bos) 77,848; Kendrick Perkins (Bos) 48,612; Samuel Dalembert (Phi) 47,135; Tyson Chandler (Cha) 38,337; Brad Miller (Chi) 35,295.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards: Carmelo Anthony (Den) 1,410,356; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 753,971; Tim Duncan (SA) 685,390; Pau Gasol (LAL) 667,767; Kevin Durant (OKC) 474,506; Trevor Ariza (Hou) 436,088; Luis Scola (Hou) 371,914; Shawn Marion (Dal) 282,421; Ron Artest (LAL) 234,618; Lamar Odom (LAL) 175,271; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 155,933.

Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,606,032; Tracy McGrady (Hou) 649,563; Steve Nash (Pho) 648,558; Chris Paul (NO) 622,619; Jason Kidd (Dal) 405,027; Aaron Brooks (Hou) 374,635; Chauncey Billups (Den) 281,911; Deron Williams (Utah) 255,059; Brandon Roy (Por) 224,350; Manu Ginobili (SA) 222,743; Jason Terry (Dal) 212,242.

Centers: Amar’e Stoudemire (Pho) 1,143,849; Andrew Bynum (LAL) 676,634; Nene (Den) 235,276; Marc Gasol (Mem) 190,476; Antonio McDyess (SA) 130,058; Greg Oden (Por) 124,037; Al Jefferson (Min) 119,580; Marcus Camby (LAC) 100,399; Andris Biedrins (GS) 90,464; Mehmet Okur (Utah) 87,838; Emeka Okafor (NO) 82,616; Spencer Hawes (Sac) 25,109.

So let’s take a look at how ludicrous these numbers are:

Allen Iverson is 2nd in votes for Eastern guards.  In a related story, Allen Iverson’s contract has been bought out this year, and he signed with a different team.

Rajon Rondo is 8th in votes for Eastern guards.  This guy should be starting at point guard in the east.  The coaches & media will definitely vote him in as a reserve, but he’s not going to start thanks to Allen Iverson’s corpse and reputation.

Shaq is 2nd in votes for Eastern Centers.  Kendrick Perkins is 9th.  These two should be flip-flopped.  Kendrick Perkins is the 2nd best center in the East after Dwight Howard.  Shaq’s just getting votes based on his name.  This isn’t 1999, NBA fans!

Trevor Ariza is 6th in votes for Western Forwards, and Luis Scola is 7th!  We can thank China for that!  They love Yao’s teammates!

Tracy McGrady is 2nd in votes for Western Guards.  He’s played in 6 games, and averaged 3.2 ppg.  Aaron Brooks is 6th in votes, ahead of Deron Williams at 8th and Brandon Roy at 9th.  Uh huh….Again, let’s thank China.

Antonio McDyess is 5th in votes for Western Centers…

…WHAT!?

This whole process is severely botched year after year.  Ultimately, does it matter?  No.  But it bugs me…

The point is that the entire voting process should be left up to coaches and respected members of the media.  They will get it right.  Fans don’t.  Fans don’t come close.

If Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady start for the East and West in this year’s All-Star game, you’ll have to excuse me while I drink a bottle of rubbing alcohol before tipoff.