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All-star Selection: Cream of the Crop or Popularity Contest?

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The All-Star weekend is my favorite time of the NBA season. Getting both the best teams from the East and the West together in one venue is truly exciting for any basketball fan. However, even if I enjoy the games intensely, particularly the 3rd and 4th quarters, I have issues with the selection process of this all-star weekend.

If someone asked who the starting 5 players for the West this year you’d probably mention Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming and Dirk Nowitski. But why? Will you take a look at their individual numbers and performances in the course of half the season? Or did you just think of the biggest names in basketball? If you had in fact used the stats in making your decision then I admire you. You are truly an NBA fan. But most voters do not take their effort and time in finding out who truly deserves the all-star selection.

For example, obviously Steve Nash will be selected to be the point guard for the West. Is it because his consecutive MVPs made him the mega star or he’s the best point guard in the league? If you check the numbers, Chris Paul averaged 22 points, 11 assists, 3 steals and 4 to 1 assists to turnover ratio per game. Nash only had the assist category leading over Paul just 1 assist per game. Baron Davis is even better than Nash in terms of averages per points, rebounds, steals and blocks.

Carlos Booze averages 24 points and 11 rebounds every game. But it will still be Dirk Nowitski and Tim Duncan who will be chosen as forward. That’s because the fans vote for their favorite players and bid names and tend to overlook the ones more deserving.

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