The starting fives were released recently for the NBA All-Star Game, and there were a few people who won’t be starting for either squad.
One of those men is Russell Westbrook.
The press and the players made the intelligent vote; putting Westbrook ahead of both Stephen Curry and James Harden. But, the public had other plans, as they voted Curry first, Harden second, and Russ third.
And the kicker, with the weighted score for the three categories tied, is that the fans are the tiebreaker. Because of this, Curry and Harden are the starting guards for the Western Conference.
Now that’s a splendid idea! Make the portion of the members who are not paid to know basketball be the tiebreaker instead of the ones who have ACTUALLY PLAYED AGAINST HIM. (I’m laying on some pretty thick sarcasm, if you didn’t notice).
Now to be fair though, Harden has been BALLIN’ this year; averaging 28.9 PPG, 11.6 AST, and 8.3 REB per game for the Rockets.He absolutely deserves a nod.
But Curry? The fact you are voting a player that’s averaging 24.6 PPG, 6.1 AST, and 4.2 REB per game over someone who’s AVERAGING a triple-double is completely absurd.
This is a prime example on how the All-Star game is just a glorified popularity contest, and not a reflection of the current reality of this year’s NBA.
Now don’t twist my words, because I’m not saying we need to do away with the fan vote completely. I’m just saying that we need to make the fan vote less prevalent than the other two, such as the player vote.
Why don’t we give more weight to the player vote, and less weight to the fan vote? Make this a game for the players who know who the best of the best is; who play against the best of the best night in and night out.
Don’t make this a game based on players’ past accomplishments, or their popularity.
Personally, I don’t want to see Steph Curry start a second consecutive All-Star game if he hasn’t performed to that caliber throughout the season.
I want to see players who deserve the honor of starting. Not a popularity vote based on what they’ve done before.
Take Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics as another example.
Isaiah has been putting on a show on the east coast, posting 28.7 PPG, 6.0 AST, and 2.7 REB per game. But, he also lost the tiebreaker because of the fan vote.
Now, he’ll be sitting behind the likes of Kyrie Irving, who he has been out-performing SIGNIFICANTLY this year.
Do you want to know why he lost the fan vote??
It’s because, once again, of POPULARITY.
Since he is on the rise, and hasn’t been part of a championship team yet, he doesn’t get to start. Yea, that makes sense, (again, sarcasm)!
But basically, in the end, we are keeping two of the best guards out of the starting lineups for the All-Star game because the other guys were more popular than them?
I mean, I thought the All-Star game was supposed to be the BEST of the BEST playing on the same court for one night. So, shouldn’t the very best have the honor of being the starters?
Fans, you screwed up!
And NBA, you need to FIX THIS!