2014 NBA All-Star Game: Starters Prove Fan Voting Should Be Removed

By Andrew Fisher
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The 2014 NBA All-Star Game is just a couple weeks away. The first step towards getting to the actual game is of course the announcement of the starters. The problem? The fans select the starters.

I get it, the All-Star game is all about the fans. You have to give the people what they want. But after taking one glance at this year’s list of starters, you can clearly see that the fans don’t know what the heck they’re talking about.

Eastern Conference: G – Kyrie Irving, G – Dwyane Wade, F – LeBron James, F – Paul George, F – Carmelo Anthony

Western Conference: G – Steph Curry, G – Kobe Bryant,  F – Kevin Durant, F – Blake Griffin, F – Kevin Love

First off, you do have to give credit where credit is due. Most of these players are more than deserving of starting spots. However, that doesn’t apply to Kobe Bryant or Dwyane Wade. Bryant has barely played this year, while D-Wade is not even close to his old self. Both guys are great when they’re on the court and healthy, but that hasn’t been the case for either of them in 2013-14.

Is it really that big of a deal that the NBA ASG voting is a joke? No. After all, we’re talking about a glorified exhibition game. But it makes the league look silly when players on the shelf are getting voted in as starters. Perhaps the NBA can do something to remove players like Bryant from the ballot in the future. Maybe they can put in a ‘minimum games played’ clause into the voting. I don’t know, but it’s time we start giving these spots to players who deserve them.


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