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LeBron James 1 Vote Shy of Unanimous Selection and Voter Needs to Explain Why

Miami Heat forward LeBron James takes questions during a news conference at basketball practice on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in San Antonio. The Heat play Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Ashkan KargaranContributor IIINovember 9, 2016

LeBron James is the best basketball player in the world.

Let me rephrase that: LeBron James is undoubtedly the best basketball player in the world.

So when the All-NBA team votes were released, it was almost a guarantee that the best player alive would be a unanimous first-teamer, right?

Wrong.

James was one vote shy from being a unanimous selection. Chris Sheridan was the lone voter that did not select James as a first team All-NBA forward. This brings up flashbacks of last year’s unanimous MVP snub at the hands of The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn. MVP voting is far tougher to judge than the All-NBA first team, so he gets a slight pass for that one. Not voting James for the All-NBA first team? Unforgivable.

Just to set the record straight, I am not a big LeBron James fan. I am a lifelong Lakers fan and, therefore, I’m more of a Kobe guy. Regardless, I appreciate greatness when I see it, and if these last three years have proven anything, it’s that James is definitely great.

When he had a subpar Game 5 against the Pacers, the sports world was in shock. Why? Because we’ve become so accustomed to seeing the best player consistently lead his team in nearly every statistical category night in and night out. If Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge or Paul George were to have a Game 5 like James did, the public would mark it down as a poor outing and wait to see if they bounced back. Expectations are not as great for those players because they are not on the same level as a LeBron James or even a Kevin Durant.

This brings me to my belief that these voters need to explain themselves when making their choices. Why hide in the shadows and not need to make any type of explanation? If these are the most intelligent sports minds in the media, then make them explain their choices. I don't agree with Sheridan's choice, but he did explain himself. Yet, he chose to explain his stance. He had the option of not doing so. My question is: Why are these voters given that option in the first place?

 

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