Brendan Haywood Left Off NBA All-Star Ballot

Jarrett CarterAnalyst INovember 10, 2009

WASHINGTON - MAY 2: Brendan Haywood #33 of the Washington Wizards gets the ball knocked away by LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the Verizon Center on May 2, 2008 in Washington, DC. The Cavaliers won 105-88 to advance to the next round. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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He may be a douchebag with extensive media privilege , but he’s also one of the best centers in the Eastern Conference. No way Brendan Haywood should’ve been left off the NBA All-Star Ballot.

The injuries and missed games from 2008 should have no bearing on the promise and deliverables of 2009. So far, Haywood is averaging a double-double and has been an active participant both in rebounding and in finishing plays.

That may not count for much in the conference of Dwight Howard and Shaquille O’Neal-caliber star power, but it’s not enough to take away the professional kudos he deserves.

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