It's Amazing the NBA's Top Scoring Center Is Not on All-Star Ballot

Jose SalviatiCorrespondent IINovember 24, 2009

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 20:  Chris Kaman #35 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots against the Denver Nuggets on November 20, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  The Clippers won 106-99.   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 Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Egregious is defined as “conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible.”  Chris Kaman not on the All-Star ballot is an egregious flaw.

I understand that Kaman could play the part of the Geico caveman without first going through makeup, but I thought balloting was based on numbers, not incredible good looks.

Sure he is was coming off a 12-and-8 season last year, but compare that to the 2008-2009 season numbers of some who are on the ballot.

Andris Biedrins, Warriors—12 and 11
Marc Gasol, Grizzlies—12 and 7
Spencer Hawes, Kings—11 and 7
Greg Oden, Blazers—9 and 7

The NBA opted instead to put Marcus Camby on the ballot representing the Clippers.  Camby averaged 10 points and 11 rebounds last year.

All-Star ballots are, of course, a very un-scientific process.  This year’s ballots were released on Nov. 11.  The season began Oct. 27.  It’s ridiculous to expect the NBA to get an accurate feel for who truly belongs on the ballot only a few games into the season.  That, however, is not the point.

The NBA prides itself in being digitally connected.  They have a presence on satellite radio, a cutting edge Web site and apps for the iPhone and Android mobile operating systems that deliver live games on your phone.

With apologies to the Black Eyed Peas, when it comes to giving fans options for watching their product, the NBA is 2008.  When it comes to dynamically adjusting the NBA All-Star ballot to represent the best and most logical choices, the NBA is two-thousand and late! 

The NBA needs to continue to release the All-Star ballot as early as it needs to in order to start collecting votes.  But it must alter that ballot online, removing injured players (like Blake Griffin) and adding players that show their worth (Chris Kaman and Brandon Jennings, to name a few).

I understand that the ballot only represents the fan’s votes.  It’s likely that Kaman, Jennings and others not on the ballot will make the team as reserves.  But credit must be given where credit is due.  Shouldn’t the players that are leading the league in scoring at their position (Kaman at 20.5) and shocking the league as a rookie (Jennings with his double-nickle) have at least a shot at a starting berth?

Yes, they should.

We will give you one year to correct this egregious flaw, NBA.  Next year we expect to see a dynamic NBA All-Star ballot online.  Broadcasting games in Holographic 3-D would be cool, too, but one thing at a time.