The first returns on All-Star ballots were announced by the NBA today. And guess who was missing from the list? Your Golden State Warriors.
For as much complaining as Warriors fans do about their players being All-Star snubs, they seem to refuse to vote. It would be different if Golden State fans didn’t put much stock into All-Star selections. That would be noble and the lack of voting excused. But that’s not the case.
Every year, Warriors fans gripe about a player of theirs being overlooked. From Jason Richardson to Baron Davis to Monta Ellis. They’re always crying bias when the Warriors’ best player isn’t selected. But the complaining doesn’t lead to voting.
This year, is another example.
Below is the vote count for the first returns. Stephen Curry, who is in the conversation for MVP, is not in the top 10 for guards. However, Steve Nash, who hasn’t played but a few games, is. So is Ricky Rubio, who hasn’t played any games. So is O.J. Mayo, who is tearing it up for Dallas but still not a household name.
I understand Curry won’t be in the realm of Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul. But he can’t get more votes than O.J. Mayo? Even San Antonio keeps Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in the middle of the pack though the Spurs aren’t exactly a national NBA treasure.
You would think the Warriors, who get nearly 19,000 fans a night and are regularly celebrated as the best fans in the league, could get Curry at least in the top 10 of Western Conference frontcourt players. Who knows, maybe the first returns are like the Iowa caucuses, which set the tone for the rest of the campaign?
Instead, Curry was 11th in voting with 36,210.
It’s even more pathetic for David Lee. He finished TWENTIETH among West frontcourt players with 28,959 votes. Behind Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Metta World Peace and New Orleans rookie Anthony Davis.
Houston center Omer Asik nearly quadrupled Lee’s vote-get. Really?
I know, you have all the excuses in the world. The Warriors are unknowns. The Warriors can’t compete with the international vote. Yada yada yada. That has nothing to do with Golden State Warriors very own FANS voting. There is simply no excuse for Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge to have more votes than Curry and Lee COMBINED.
Because of this, you no longer have the right to gripe about All-Star snubs. That’s right, I’m stripping your pass. You shouldn’t be getting your panties in a bunch about that stuff anyway. But especially not you, Warriors fans. You’re like people who complain about the government yet can’t get involved enough to study up on a proposition.
If Curry and Lee don’t make it, you just have to be quiet and blame yourselves. It was in your hands, again, and you blew it.
And for the fans who did vote, that includes you, too. You should’ve ballot-stuffed better. No griping. No crying foul. No whining about how the Warriors don’t get any respect. Because you don’t even vote for your own guys.
Here are the first returns. Take a look at how many fan bases support their stars better than you.
2013 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING PRESENTED BY SPRINT
Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (OKC) 605,965; Dwight Howard (LAL) 434,168; Blake Griffin (LAC) 307,855; Tim Duncan (SA) 189,577; Pau Gasol (LAL) 139,868; Kevin Love (Min) 112,922; Omer Asik (Hou) 88,178; Rudy Gay (Mem) 85,279; Serge Ibaka (OKC) 68,285; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 66,290; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 63,056; Marc Gasol (Mem) 61,716; Zach Randolph (Mem) 59,916; Metta World Peace (LAL) 59,167; Anthony Davis (NO) 53,779.
Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 639,419; Chris Paul (LAC) 353,603; Jeremy Lin (Hou) 298,319; James Harden (Hou) 196,108; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 143,437; Steve Nash (LAL) 118,073; Tony Parker (SA) 69,983; Ricky Rubio (Min) 54,744; Manu Ginobili (SA) 47,800; O.J. Mayo (Dal) 36,495.
Frontcourt: LeBron James (Mia) 641,348; Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 573,112; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 218,246; Chris Bosh (Mia) 210,724; Tyson Chandler (NYK) 151,744; Paul Pierce (Bos) 114,735; Joakim Noah (Chi) 73,366; Josh Smith (Atl) 69,344; Andrew Bynum (Phi) 68,596; Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 64,266; Shane Battier (Mia) 59,419; Anderson Varejao (Cle) 57,336; Luol Deng (Chi) 48,450; Brook Lopez (BKN) 47,940; Jeff Green (Bos) 36,080.
Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 430,925; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 382,613; Deron Williams (BKN) 211,426; Kyrie Irving (Cle) 155,989; Ray Allen (Mia) 130,016; Monta Ellis (Mil) 47,650; Raymond Felton (NYK) 37,974; Jason Terry (Bos) 36,147; Brandon Jennings (Mil) 35,610; Jrue Holiday (Phi) 35,193.