NBA all-star votes include some ridiculous selections
|Toronto Star 19 Jan 2018 at 09:26|
They kind of tweaked the selection process for the starters for the NBA all-star game, going to a weighted system that involves fans, a select media panel and every player and, yeah, they got it mostly right.
Cannot be any surprise that in the East – if he keeps going like this I see all-NBA honours in his future post-season and that’s truly a big deal – and there’s only a couple of nits to pick.
Joel Embiid over Kristaps Porzingis could be a bit of a discussion point although both are worthy and while Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are undoubtedly all-star talents, I’m not sure two guys from a seventh place team need to both make it at the expense of, say, LaMarcus Aldridge or Karl-Anthony Towns from teams that have been far more successful; winning matters to me.
But those are minor points that I am sure coaches will correct when they get to select the reserves next week and it will be interesting how they dole out the seven other spots in each conference.
(Give me the weekend to think about how I would vote, would you?)
The biggest issue I have is with the players, some of whom made a mockery out of the voting process.
I know it doesn’t make that huge a difference but, seriously, if they aren’t going to treat the process with a level of legitimacy, why let them be involved at all?
What I mean is this:
There were votes cast by players for, among others, Tyler Cavanaugh, Briante Weber, Alex Poythress, Kyle O’Quinn and, yes, even our old friend Ed Davis, who somehow managed to get four all-star votes.
Alexis Ajinca got two votes, for goodness sakes, and he hasn’t played a single minute all season.
Ron Baker, some guy named Jack Cooley (without Googling, I defy anyone outside of his family to tell me who he even plays for) got votes.
Now, I’ve got nothing personal against any of those player and I’m sure they either voted for themselves as some joke or teammates got together to turn it a bit comical.
And, yes, it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things but if they’re not going to take it seriously, why let them do it at all?