The NBA All-Star voting process, which weighted results based on 50 percent of the fan vote and 25 percent and player and media votes, fared pretty well as far as naming the starters for the 2017 All-Star Game.
Worries of Zaza Pachulia starting were nullified by the players and media wiping out the outliers in fan voting. Russell Westbrook certainly has a beef, losing out on a three-way tie for a starting spot in the West, but he will no doubt be involved in the league’s showcase event in February.
But what about Paul George?
Considering PG finished fourth in the East in player voting, he should be in pretty good shape for a reserve spot in the East since I’d expect the coaches’ vote for the reserves to most closely resemble that of the players. The Inside the NBA crew seemed to agree, save for Kenny Smith.
Although, even the players’ vote revealed some flaws since they could vote for themselves, there were plenty of suspicious players receiving at least one vote. And how about Rakeem Christmas logging two votes! I’m looking at you Lavoy Allen. Here are the vote totals for the East.
So while the big market guys in general, and Pachulia in particular, expose flaws in the online fan vote, the player and media vote need some tweaking as well, which Tim Cato digs into nicely.
Regardless, we will find out about PG’s status as a reserve when they are announced next week.
East starters: Kyrie Irving (G), DeMar DeRozan (G) Giannis Antetokounmpo (F), LeBron James (F), Jimmy Butler (F)
West starters: Stephen Curry (G), James Harden (G), Kawhi Leonard (F), Kevin Durant (F), Anthony Davis (F)