Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports wrote a great article about this year’s NBA All-Star game snubs. While I can’t take credit for coming up with the list, I can agree with it completely.
Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady (among others) got a free pass this year for basically being popular players with the fans. Their selection to the All-Star game was obviously not based on performance. Meanwhile, players like Chauncey Billups, David Lee, Monta Ellis, Josh Smith and Chris Kaman are all having brilliant years. Yet each of them were rudely snubbed by the voters.
Sure, Kaman isn’t a “sexy” All-Star, but he’s the main reason why the L.A. Clippers are still in the playoff hunt.
What does this say about the All-Star teams? Are they based on skill and performance, or are they based on popularity and bravado? It’s like a high school presidential election. The popular kid gets the job, while the kid who would actually do the job well gets tossed to the side.
I’m all for changing the All-Star voting system. It’s time to give the real NBA All-Stars a chance to shine.
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