How is Kevin Garnett an All-Star?

By Thomas Duffy
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I would like to preface this rant by saying that I am a die-hard fan of the New York Knicks.

Now, back to business. As I went down the list of the starters for the Eastern Conference in the 2012-13 NBA All-Star Game, who are chosen by fans, I was struck by something glaring. Someone, actually.

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Rajon Rondo are all more than deserving All-Star starters. Dwyane Wade probably shouldn’t be starting this season, but definitely deserves a spot in the game, and for that, I will leave him alone.

And then, there is Kevin Garnett.

Can anyone in the world can tell me just one good reason why Garnett deserves to start in the All-Star Game? He is averaging pretty decent numbers (14.6 PPG, 7 RPG), but there are so many more deserving players.

Garnett is tied for 53rd in the NBA in scoring, tying J.J. Reddick and George Hill for the same spot. Garnett is also 38th in the NBA in rebounding, this time tying Kris Humphries and DeAndre Jordan. Are those All-Star numbers?

No, they aren’t, and Garnett does not deserve to start, let alone be on the team. Chris Bosh is ahead of KG in PPG and RPG, yet fell victim to the infamous let-fans-vote system.

It is a shame that players like Garnett start in the All-Star game simply because they are popular. That reminds me, I have another question: why is Garnett popular? He takes cheap shots at other players, talks trash from the beginning to end of the game, frequently crosses the line (ask Carmelo Anthony), and is known as one of the dirtiest players in the NBA today.

Any NBA fan who voted Garnett into the All-Star Game should be ashamed of themselves.

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