With the 2014 NBA All-Star starters being announced on Thursday night, there has been plenty of debate going on already about whether or not the fans got it right, specifically in the Eastern Conference. Here are the starters for the East:
G: Kyrie Irving
G: Dwyane Wade
F: Carmelo Anthony
F: LeBron James
F: Paul George
There’s no debating whether or not guys like James, Anthony and George are deserving of starting the All-Star game this season. They’ve had phenomenal seasons. But, the questionable picks by the fans were both Wade and Irving. Do they both deserve to be on the team? Sure. But, starters? Absolutely not.
For me, the Irving pick irritated me the most because of the season that Washington Wizards pint guard John Wall has been having. Let’s compare their season averages for a minute — because, after all, that’s what most of us are judging these guys on right?
Irving: 21.7 points, 6.1 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals with a team record of 15-27 (non-playoff team)
Wall: 20.2 points, 8.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals with a team record of 20-21 (playoff team)
As the great Charles Barkley would say, “the All-Star Game is to reward players for winning.” Wall’s team is better overall at the moment, which is the least of my worries. The biggest point I have to make is the fact that Wall is averaging over two assists more than Irving — not to mention, more rebounds and steals.
Irving undoubtedly deserves to be an All-Star. But, to be starting over Wall when he’s clearly having the inferior season is an absolute crime by the fans. In fact, it proves that the All-Star game is still a joke and unless the voting system is changed in the future, the game will continue to be a joke.