There’s no guideline or criteria given for filling your All Star ballot and it’s tough to place complete blame on the fans for dropping the ball yet again, but I will.
Though, I must point out, the league has got to shoulder some of the criticism for creating this mess.
A new system or a rule to improve the selection process would help, maybe a minimum games played stipulation next season? Just a thought. In any case, here are some questions I feel best reflect the common fan, or at least my attempt at categorizing the terrible voting results.
1. Do I vote based on history and legacy?
2. Do I vote for who’s having a tremendous season so far?
3. Do I vote for my home team guys?
4. Do I vote for Kobe because, well…he’s Kobe?
First, if you’ve voted for any player, you must know that you’ve voted for them to play as a starter.
If you answered yes to the first question, well, then you have, in all likelihood, voted for Kobe Bryant. As you should, based on answering yes. 5-time champ, top ten players of all time, top five scorer of all time, he’s the mamba, “but it’s Kobe”…I get it.
I’m just wondering if you voted for the great Tim Duncan as well, because you should have.
If you’ve answered yes to the second question, then you did not vote for Kobe Bryant over Stephen Curry, you did not vote for Blake Griffin over LaMarcus Aldridge and you are, by all intents and purposes, a logical voter of All Star weekend.
We’ve all heard of players being snubbed but I’d like to introduce a sub division and it’s called ‘semi-snubbed’. Basically, guys that should be starting thanks to conscious All Star voting, which, unfortunately really doesn’t exist. So our first entries are the aforementioned Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Blazers big man LaMarcus Aldridge.
You can make a case for others like Roy Hibbert and Kevin Love, but I think we can all agree that Curry and Aldridge are clear victims of being ‘semi-snubbed’. At this point, it’s up to Bryant’s health and recovery to determine if Curry starts or not while Aldridge is stuck behind Blake Griffin with no wiggle room.
It doesn’t make sense to me but hey, thanks, fans!
The answer is almost always ‘No’ to question three. I’m from Toronto, born and raised, die hard Raptors fan, but you won’t catch me voting for Kyle Lowry or Jonas Valanciunas just like you shouldn’t catch anyone from Milwaukee voting for any Bucks player.
With that being said, there are the obvious hometown selections to make. For example, if you live in Miami you vote for the Big 3, if you’re in New York you vote for Carmelo Anthony, you’re in Los Angeles then you vote for Chris Paul. Makes sense.
The guys that would get voted in regardless of where they played. For the most part fans have done a great job at this. A sign of intelligence.
If you’ve answered yes to the last question, you go right ahead! Surely he deserves to be there according to his resume, appeal and legacy. Besides, it’s your choice, your opinion. But with all due respect to those choices, opinions and legions of fans worldwide, Bryant does not deserve to be a starter, especially over Stephen Curry. He’s hooping out of this world this season. I guess Curry’s – 23.4PPG, 9.6APG, 4.7RPG and 1.9SPG – stat line doesn’t merit a start ahead of the injury plagued (as of late) Bryant.
Though it shouldn’t surprise, after all, we are talking about the All Star game. A game made for the fans. Fans that will continue to vote for who they want to start and play no matter how illogical or silly those selections are.
You might say who cares? Curry and Aldridge were and are shoe-ins on the team. Of course they are, but they deserve to be starting not subbing in and the fans have dropped the ball, yet again.
Give the people what they want, they said… thanks, fans.