By Marcus Thompson
Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 3:22 pm in Uncategorized.
Someone has cracked the top 10 for the voting among West guards. Finally. He has been playing well, so it makes sense that his fans started to notice his play and give him a nod.No, he probably won’t make the team, but is says something that enough fans recognize his contributions to vote him among the likes of Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Manu Ginobili and Steve Nash.
Kudos to Kevin Martin.
No, Warriors guard Monta Ellis still is not top 10. Kobe leads the way with 1.7 million votes, followed by Chris Paul with 949K. They will be the starters. The Coaches pick the seven reserves: 2 guards, 2 forwards, a center, and two wild cards. The next two guards likely to get the call are Manu Ginobili and Deron Williams. Hard to keep those dudes off with the way they’re playing and how they’re teams are doing.
That leaves the wild card spots. Considering the number of talented guards in the West, you figure at least one of those wild card spots would go to a guard. Certainly, there is no guarantee both will. Forward is pretty deep. It looks like Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony will start. That leaves the likes of Pau Gasol, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki vying for the reserve spots. And the way they’re playing, you can’t rule out Blake Griffin and Kevin Love.
So, don’t be surprised if only three reserve guards make it. But who’s the third? Monta Ellis? Or Steve Nash? Or Russell Westbrook? Or is it Jason Kidd or Tony Parker? Even if there is a fouth guard taken, still no guarantee Monta will get it.
That’s why, at least Kevin Martin can tell his grandkids: “Back in 2011, your granddad got 266,037 votes. That was the 10th most in the league among west guards. Those Houston fans really love me.”
In all seriousness, I know Martin is benefitting from collateral love from being next to Yao Ming. I think it’ll be a good thing if Ellis doesn’t make it. He plays better with a chip on his shoulder. And I am one who believes, like Monta, numbers look much better when they lead to wins. I’m only pointing out this voting stuff because I know if and when Monta is not selected to an All-Star game, I will get flooded with emails, tweets and blog comments about how Monta got robbed and how the Warriors get no respect. My response will be: “Warriors fans didn’t even want him in, so why would the rest of the league?”