The predominant theme from the starters being announced for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game being announced on Thursday is the fact that youth is starting to run this league. With four first-time starters and eight of the 10 players selected being younger than 30 years old, it’s pretty clear that young players in terms of play and popularity are the soup du jour in the league.
Voters, for the most part, got the vote right. Obviously LeBron James and Kevin Durant deserve to be starters this season, as do players like Kevin Love and Paul George. However, when you look at the rest of the voting beyond just the 10 starters, there are some curious totals.
One of the most baffling vote totals comes from the Eastern Conference frontcourt. While James, George and Carmelo Anthony were rightfully named the starters, if you go down to the sixth-most votes, you’ll see Brooklyn Nets veteran big man Kevin Garnett’s name. To be honest, that’s a ridiculous notion to have him that high on the list or even on the list at all.
In his first season with Brooklyn, Garnett has looked every bit of his 37 years of age and has had his worst season as a pro. In 35 games, Garnett is averaging only 6.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 21.9 minutes per game while shooting an abysmal 41.3 percent from the floor.
While you could say that his vote total was more based on fans trying to get him one last run in the All-Star Game before his career is effectively over—a time that seems to be rapidly approaching—his production alone doesn’t warrant the support that he got in the voting. Garnett has had a remarkable career and is an undeniable Hall-of-Fame talent, but there’s no way he should be this high in the voting.