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Warriors Fans Forfeit The Right to Complain About All-Star Selections

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 

WESTERN CONFERENCE 

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.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

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.

Marcus Thompson

  • Warriorsscore110

    I don’t really feel like any of the Warriors should be anywhere near a starting spot on a Allstar ballot, just too many good other players. Maybe Curry and Lee on the back end on reserves but even that is debatable.

    But that’s ok, I’ll take playoffs over an AllStar representative any day.

  • Earl Monroe

    Going to the all star game means less rest, none of our players need to go, it really does nothing for the standings, now if you got one more game on the win column for each of your players going to this beauty contest then by all means yes, lets get the vote out.

  • steve

    I think we forgot the Warrior player were eligible for the All-Star game, I mean its been 20 years.Our last All-Star left scars around his coach’s neck.

  • Dan

    Who are all these finds that gripe about the Warriors not having an All-Star? I have yet to meet them. Historically team management has griped about it, but I don’t think the fans are griping.

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  • CT

    Just as I tweeted you earlier, it’s just a popularity contest, I actually don’t know any Warriors fans who complain about them not making the All-Star team, the All-Star “Starters” have not been a credible list of the best up to the year performers since fans have had control of who starts. Fans by definition are completly irrational and don’t make accurate assesments of the league as a whole to truly fit the players who are playing at that level. As far as the reserves, you would hope the coaches vote for the best performers and if Lee or Curry make the reserve squad, then fine, if not, so be it.

  • GlassCleaner

    All the Houston players? That’s the China effect.

  • JustinWebb

    I voted for Curry on Twitter after reading this. He’s certainly making a case for himself this year so I’m supporting him. He certainly deserves it more than J. Lin.

    Come to think of it, I’m going to vote in David Lee, too.

  • Niners in 2012

    The voting only matters for 5 players, the starters. And the casual fan and CHINA will determine who they are. So you can’t blame GS fans. There is no way Warrior fans can compete with this.

    The coaches vote for reserves and fan votes mean absolutely nothing to them.

  • Skeet

    Thats disrespectful to say to the warriors fans and personally im taking your stripes as a beat writer seeing as you disrespect the very own fan base who helps pay you!…Most of the stars on the list are on recognizable teams or have already came from strong fan bases collegiatly or overseas…when the WHOLE bay area voted for ellis davis or anybody else they still couldnt crack the top 5..How about WE fans support our team the best WE can and YOU just write about whats relavant on the court

  • young

    i’m just not used to voting bc we normally suck…sorry

  • Niners in 2012

    BTW, if you do vote, VOTE FOR CHRIS PAUL. He is the only one with a chance to knock off Jeremy Lin and communist China. Vote smartly! Curry will get the nod as a reserve, as long as Jeremy Lin instead hogging a starter spot.

  • g

    Marcus, by far the stupidest article you’ve even written….

  • itsagreattimeout

    Marcus, we’re too intelligent to vote because it only matters if you get in the top 2/3, which we’re not going to. And also, can you please spread the word to Warriors fan to vote Kobe and Paul for the backcourt? If Lin gets voted in, say goodbye to Curry being selected!

  • Dan

    I hope your speaking for yourself also!!!!!!!!!

  • Dan

    I would take all the guards that are ahead of Curry before i would Curry and also all the front court players except world peace ahead of Lee……

  • Derek

    The Warriors are a big market team. They play in the countries 4th or 5th largest media market. Despite that fact, they have a pathetic history and therefore go unnoticed nationally. I’m very proud of their season thus far. The Currys and Lees of this team may suffer from the results of the Warriors past futility and lack of national credibility.

  • Thewarriorsrule

    What are the fans supposed to do? The only thing we can do is hope that the coaches select curry and lee as reserves

  • Hollywood Charles

    C’mon man… pump the brakes on chastising Warrior’s fans every chance you get Bay Area media people… isn’t 20 years of abuse worth a free pass? We still read your articles and posts religiously. We still buy gear. We still watch games (do you know how much NBA league pass costs?) Now all we get is… slow down on your playoff talk… stop whining about All-star votes… Enough!!! Just let us be irrational fans of a winning team. I live in L.A. and believe me… it’s a way of life down here.

  • Grey Warden

    MT2, I know you’re a big Curry fan, but like others have said, lighten up a little. No rational Warriors fan expects either one to start an All-Star game let alone be in it. Look on the bright side, Curry might be in the skills competition or the 3 pt contest.

  • Derek

    #17. I’m also from LA and agree with you on all points. Except it’s virtually impossible to find Warriors gear in SoCal. I purchase what I have when I visit the Bay Area.

    I get ALMOST as much pleasure seeing the Lake Show lose as I do watching the Warriors win. Call me a hater, but it is what it is.

    GO WARRIORS ! Lakers continue choking with your roster of OLD stars.

  • Flago

    Yeah? Well reading all the excuses above, I know Warriors fans are as dumb and useless as they kept accusing their team of being for years.
    How else do you explain the booing of Lacob last year and the lack of all star voting this year?
    Curry and Lee not good enough??? Stop. Do not EVER comment on a Warrior article again. Those “fans” deserved the most pathetic franchise ever. They deserve more years of Cohan.

  • Rio Kid

    Really, Jeremy Lin and Metta World Peace. Metta is playing on a losing team that is most underperforming bunch on the planet. No knock on Jeremy but come on now I would say that not even Kobe should be and all star this season. Nash has not even played – really. I think Rudy Gay should take his spot. Who is his right mind would even think of putting Dwight, I’m the greatest player in the world who has made his new team worse that it was before his arrival, Howard. That guy ain’t earned anything.. Marc Gasol is a better player. I’m sorry I said it and he is a better player. Smarter, better passer, better shooter.. not nearly as graceful an athlete but he get’s the job done. I personally think it’s cool that he is better than his brother.

  • adam

    Not sure how you could put all the blame on Warrior fans. Fans of one team can’t out number the rest of the country (or world).

    Most of this simply comes down to a popularity contest and casual fans simply picking names that have been engrained in their heads over the years.

    Take your Spurs example. The Spurs have consistently been at the top of the pack in the NBA for over a decade now, having won 4 championships and putting up great season records. While the spurs aren’t considered an exciting team, their players are household names almost soley based on how much they get on national tv, are in the playoffs, and are winning rings.

    I don’t think this has much to do with Warriors fans, there’s no evidence that fans aren’t voting. It has more to do with the fact that the rest of the country/world have had little to no exposure to the Warriors over the past decade+.

    Anyway, what really matters who is who the coaches vote for the reserves. The starters is just a popularity contest, as you can see by guys not playing getting voted in.