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Paul Millsap Gets Snubbed from All-Star Game Ballot

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04:  Paul Millsap #24 of the Utah Jazz reacts to a call by referee Scott Foster during Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on May 4, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Raju ByfieldAnalyst IIIOctober 25, 2016

This is a complete joke.

Paul Millsap is having one of the best seasons in the NBA and he could not get named to the All-Star ballot.

Paul Millsap has set the NBA on fire this season, averaging 21.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks, all on an amazing .531 shooting.

This ballot nomination process is officially flawed and the NBA needs to do something about it.

Here is a list of names NBA writers apparently thought deserved more All-Star consideration than the Utah Jazz’ Paul Millsap: Hedo Turkoglu, Lamar Odom, Jeff Green, Carl Landry, Grant Hill, Trevor Ariza and Caron Butler.

A laughable list to include over Millsap, who is outplaying all of them, but it just further highlights the flaws in the current ballot nomination system.

In the end, Paul Millsap will make the All-Star team if he continues to play at this high of a level, and he obviously cares more about winning than personal recognition, but one can be sure that the NBA will be reviewing the All-Star ballot nomination process after this massive snub.

Here is what ballot nomination voting panelist NBA.com’s Art Garcia had to say about the Paul Millsap snub: "Millsap, buddy, I hope you make it," Garcia wrote. "For the last 32 days, I've regretted my decision not to be more firm, more passionate, more argumentative about getting you on the ballot. I toed the company line, even though I knew I was wrong. I sat in on a conference call back on Oct. 19 and tried to state my case that you should be on the ballot."

This just goes to show, once again that the process is flawed, obviously someone knew what they were doing but the other five apparently did not and Millsap got left off the ballot despite a truly impressive season.

I would start a campaign to write-in votes for Paul Millsap, but I am confident that the Western Conference team's head coach will undoubtedly be more familiar with, and thus name Paul Millsap as an All-Star reserve.

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