While there are other more important things to worry about and talk about in sports, it always catches my attention every time we have a major vote where we hand out votes for things other than the winner. The NBA had it’s All-NBA team(s) announced today. I don’t really care to argue about 1st team. Or even the 2nd or 3rd team. We could, but that isn’t the point of me writing this.
The point is what makes a voter decide to give votes to some of these guys. Here is the official list of others receiving votes:
Also receiving votes, with point totals: Brook Lopez, Brooklyn, 132 (7 First Team votes); Stephen Curry, Golden State, 72; LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland, 62; Chris Bosh, Miami, 59 (4); Joakim Noah, Chicago, 56 (3); Zach Randolph, Memphis, 45; Al Horford, Atlanta, 31 (2);Paul Pierce, Boston, 24; Al Jefferson, Utah, 20 (1); Tyson Chandler, New York, 19 (1); Roy Hibbert, Indiana, 9; Luol Deng, Chicago, 8; Kevin Garnett, Boston, 8; Ty Lawson, Denver, 8;Josh Smith, Atlanta, 7; Deron Williams, Brooklyn, 6; Pau Gasol, LA Lakers, 4; Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City, 4; Omer Asik, Houston, 3; Kenneth Faried, Denver, 3; Raymond Felton, New York, 3; Kyrie Irving, Cleveland, 3; Carlos Boozer, Chicago, 2; Mike Conley, Memphis, 2;David West, Indiana, 2; Rudy Gay, Toronto, 1; JJ Hickson, Portland, 1; Andre Iguodala, Denver, 1; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 1; Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota, 1; Rajon Rondo, Boston, 1;Nikola Vucevic, Orlando, 1.
We are humming along okay until we hit Ty Lawson. I like him. Actually let’s make this clear now, I LIKE ALL OF THESE PLAYERS. THEY ARE ALL GOOD PLAYERS. But the point is to pick the 6 best guards, 6 best forwards, and 3 best centers. That is the GOAL. We won’t all agree, but the pool of players receiving votes clearly should be much, much smaller. I am not sure how some of these guys are getting votes.
Most egregious, Ibaka? You can’t be serious. Faried? Huh? Raymond Felton? You shouldn’t vote anymore. Rudy Gay? How do you justify that? Rondo? He only played 38 games!!! Hickson? Pekovic? Vucevic? Good try, good effort.
This again, is not a rip on the players. They are all range from good to great. They had nice years, well, Rondo had a nice half season, but none of them should be even sniffing a vote. This is a rip on the voters who clearly aren’t taking the process seriously. You embarrass yourself and should own it, and explain it. Fans read and listen to you for NBA knowledge and then you go and do this???
By the way, here is the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams if you were curious. And these were my picks for all the awards over a month ago.
ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM
LeBron James, Miami: (119 votes) 595 points
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City: (102) 555
Tim Duncan, San Antonio: (45) 392
Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers: (91) 521
Chris Paul, LA Clippers: (97) 537
ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM
Carmelo Anthony, New York: (24) 397
Blake Griffin, LA Clippers: 132
Marc Gasol, Memphis: (38) 295
Tony Parker, San Antonio: (16) 273
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City: (20) 306
ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM
David Lee, Golden State: 79
Paul George, Indiana: 73
Dwight Howard, LA Lakers: (17) 203
Dwyane Wade, Miami: (3) 145
James Harden, Houston: (5) 253