Dwight Howard All-Star Snub Shows Popularity Decline

For the first time since 2007 Dwight Howard will not be an NBA All-Star starter by the fans.

Under the old voting rules, in which voters chose a center and two forwards, Howard would have been named a starter but considering his decline in popularity and the rule change he was voted in by the coaches as a reserve.

Howard was chosen to the starting squad last season, the first year of the three-forward, two-guard voting system.

Take a look at the number below and how Dwight’s decline in popularity has taken a toll on his votes come All-Star weekend.

Orlando, 2009: 3,150,181 (top overall vote-getter)
Orlando, 2010: 2,360,096 (third)
Orlando, 2011: 2,099,204 (second)
Orlando, 2012: 1,600,390 (first)
L.A. Lakers, 2013: 922,070 (eighth)
Houston, 2014: 653,318 (12th)

Its tough to argue that Howard should have been a starter over Kevin Love considering Love’s numbers (25.5 points and 13.1 rebounds per game) but since when has good play been a factor over better numbers when discussing the NBA All-Star weekend. Look at the Yao Ming years…its a popularly contest, duh.

Regardless Howard is striving for his first NBA tile in Houston and I can assure you that’s more important, but still it’s crazy to think what a couple of unpopular moves can do to your persona. If he wins like LeBron, all will be forgiven. Shallow but true.