Many celebrities and other players from other leagues travel around the world to see the All-Star game. I’m sure this year when they introduced the All-Star Starters they will be amazed.
Brian McIntyre said “We think it's a good system."
But fans like us beg to differ. As the All-Star voting came to an end, many may know that Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady are most likely going to start the All-Star game.
Now Tracy Mcgrady this season has played a total of 47 minutes and scored 19 points this season. So why is his name even on the ballot? McGrady is facing a situation where he is reaching his final days as a Houston Rocket. But yet he still is on his way to becoming an All-Star starter.
Allen Iverson this season has done little of nothing. Allen was on the brink of retirement after many teams passed on him after he was released by the Grizzlies. Iverson is currently scoring 14.7 points per game, and has only played in 18 games this season but is still a fan favorite. There are many guards in the East that are much worthier of an All-Star game appearance than Iverson.
Celtics guard Ray Allen said, “That's taking away from another player in the Western Conference that's having a great year, that's been playing, that deserves to be in there.”
Joe Johnson is currently third in the East for scoring guards with 21.3 points a game, behind only Gilbert and Wade. Joe has the Hawks atop of the eastern conference and much importantly he has played in 40 games this season.
Ray Allen plays on the best team in the eastern conference and plays a big role in their success. Ray has been more proficient this year shooting 46 percent from the field and 35 percent from deep. “I like the fact that the fans get the opportunity to vote and pick who they'd like to see in the All-Star Game, but I don't think it should be 100 percent," Allen said.
More players have out-shined both of these players this year but both are still going to start in the All-Star game. A rookie in Brandon Jennings, Derrick Rose, Jamal Crawford, Mo Williams and Rajon Rondo all are more worthy then Iverson and McGrady. A player that has done little to nothing for the league and gets the chance to start isn’t fair for the other guards that actually play the game and deserve it.
Maybe still give fans the right to vote but don’t give them the full opportunity to create the starting line-ups. The voting opportunity has been great but when you have a travesty like this you have to change something. The All-Star Starters will be announced on Thursday, and most likely these players will be the front runners in their conferences.
This isn’t the first time this has happened either. I seen just a year ago, Carmelo Anthony miss the All-Star game after starting off the first half of the season strong. After he brought the Nuggets up from inadequacy, but still only appeared in two All-Star games in his six year career.
When the Chinese voted in Yao Ming his rookie season even though Shaq was clearly the most dominant Center in the game, when Alonzo and Grant Hill had to be replaced after they missed the entire season but was still granted a All-Star birth, or how Chris Bosh will never start an All-Star game as long as Kevin Garnett is in the East.
So what is next for the All-Star voting? A change is much needed but will it happen?