As we near closer to February, it means two things are happening in the NBA: The All-Star Game, and becoming closer to the playoffs. However, I want to focus on one thing, All-Star voting.
All-Star voting is done by the fans, for the fans. To become an All-Star starter you still get voted on, 50% from fans, 25% from players, and 25% from media. However, that system is biased and corrupt. Russell Westbrook is having a career season, some would even say legendary, averaging a triple double with 30 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists. (only one player in history, Oscar Robertson, has averaged a triple double over the course of a whole season) With that said, people feel he was snubbed in the voting by getting outvoted by Golden State Warrior Steph Curry, and Houston Rocket James Harden, who both play in large markets for the NBA, which leads to more fan voting.
Westbrook made the All-Star team, but he is not a starter and instead is replaced by Curry. With this being said, many people, myself included, feel that the voting process is something that should be changed. The fact that someone averaging a triple double throughout the whole season is not a starter is mind blowing. Westbrook has 21 triple doubles this season, and is leading in so many statistical categories that there is absolutely no reason he should not be a starter. (Keep in mind the rest of the All-Star starters only have 19.)
|Western All-Star PG||Season Average Before NBA All-Star Break|
|Points Per Game||Assists Per Game||Rebounds Per Game|
|Russell Westbrook||30.6 ppg||10.4 apg||10.6 rpg|
|James Harden||28.9 ppg||11.6 apg||8.3 rpg|
|Steph Curry||24.6 ppg||6.1 apg||4.2 rpg|
Though fan voting may, stats don’t lie. Westbrook was snubbed of being a starter in this years All Star Game in New Orleans. It was 50% fan, 25% player, 25% media. Players who have not even played a game like Mo Williams earned votes from players. Westbrook finished first in player and media voting, but 3rd in fan.
With the new voting system fan vote breaks a tie breaker, which allows Curry and Harden to start instead of Westbrook, mostly due to their playing in big markets, or being household names. This is why I feel like the GM’s, players, and coaches should be able to pick the starters out of people that really play, and then the fans vote on the rest of the players involved. That’s what would make for a good all star game for everyone.