Predicting Snubs and Surprises for First NBA All-Star Ballot Voting Reveal

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Predicting Snubs and Surprises for First NBA All-Star Ballot Voting Reveal
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The NBA All-Star voting process is always an exercise in futility. 

It turns into a popularity contest, often at the expense of players who either deserve to be rewarded for the work they've done while flying under the radar or who need to be recognized while playing in a small market.

But while it's frustrating, it's also fun. 

The infuriating part is watching as your favorite player fails to earn a sufficient number of votes. Even if you know he isn't going to make the team, you still want to feel like he's getting credit for his stellar play. 

The fun part is laughing at the hilarious decisions that are made by voters. That's what I'm focusing on here by predicting the five biggest snubs and surprises that will emerge when the first All-Star ballot results are made public. 

For the purposes of this article, a snub is exactly what you'd expect: a player who doesn't receive nearly as many votes as he deserves. They're the guys who make you go, "Wait, people know they can vote for him, right?"

A surprise is the opposite, as the player in question is drawing far too much attention. They're the ones who make you exclaim, "How in the world did he get so many votes!?!"

Don't worry. There are plenty of each. 

There always are. 

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