Let me start off by saying that yes, I absolutely despise this year's new uniforms. Last time I checked, we were watching the NBA All-Star Game, not a bunch of middle-aged office workers throwing together some t-shirts for their rec league all-star game. Seriously though, what was the NBA thinking when they designed these jerseys? I can count on one hand the amount of people I know who actually like the t-shirt design for jerseys; oh well, that is neither here nor there. We are here to talk about the All-Star Game and how the fans have gotten out of control.
Yep, I said it. The fans have lost control and it's really starting to bother me. I love the fact that the NBA is trying to be as interactive with their fans as much as possible, but they've given them too much power; it's become a popularity contest, and has lost the focus on the "all-star" players. Overall, the fans usually do pretty well with their selections, but there are always a few players that I am baffled by. Let's take a look at this year's starters:
East: Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.
West: Steph Curry, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, and Kevin Love.
Here's what I like: Kyrie, Paul George, Steph, Blake and K-Love all making their first All-Star starts. They're all extremely deserving of their spots and proved themselves to be All-Stars.
Here's what I don't like: Kobe freaking Bryant and Dwayne freaking Wade. Seriously? These guys made the All-Star team? Not only did they make the team, but they're starters! I hat when people think All-Stars should be chosen based on stats, but even so let's take a look at some...Kobe Bryant's stat line for this year (oh yeah and this is only for 6 GAMES PEOPLE): 13.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.3 apg, -5.3 +/-. Damian Lillard's stat line for this year (this is for 45 games): 20.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.6 apg, 5.2 +/-. You tell me who the All-Star is here...oh yeah, keep in mind that Kobe Bryant himself said "With all due respect to the fans that voted me in...you got to do the right thing as well. My fans know you got to reward these young guys for the work that they've been putting in." Kobe has since declined to play in the All-Star game.
I didn't forget about you, Duh-Wayne. His stat line for this year (in 31 games): 18.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.7 apg. Sure, that is a great stat line, but is he really still an All-Star? Is he really a better player than John Wall? (20 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 8.5 apg in 43 games) I think not. John is an up-and-coming player that is WAY more entertaining to watch, and more of an All-Star than D-Wade.
In these two examples, the bigger name guys are winning over the fans, and that's not what the All-Star Game is about. The All-Star Game is about the BEST players right now playing against each other and showing off why they each respectively think they are the best. This reminds of when Yao Ming was getting voted into the All-Star Game when he wasn't even playing in the NBA, or when AI made it during his worst year in the NBA. Overall I am very happy with the selections this year (namely PG, Blake and K-Love) but it is just ridiculous to me that Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade are starting the All-Star Game for the 1000th year in a row when there are younger, better players more deserving.
Agree? Disagree? Lemme know.