Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Week 3: Question of the Week

Should fans be allowed to vote for the All-Star Game starters?

Kris said:

I do not believe fans should be allowed to vote for the starters of the All-Star Game. Perhaps we could be allowed to vote for one or two players per conference, but not the whole starting line-up. Voting for the whole starting line-up is giving too much power to the people. Fans tend to vote for their favorite players or who they like, but these players do not always deserve to be All-Stars and could be taking roster spots from players who actually deserve it. I understand that the NBA is for the fans, but I do not think it is fair when a player that deserves to be an All-Star does not get the opportunity to participate in the game.
The reason I chose this question as Question of the Week is because TNT announced that Allen Iverson is a starting guard for the Eastern Conference. I honestly do not believe that he deserves it because since he joined the Pistons, they are 20-19. Iverson’s scoring average this season (17.7 ppg) is also well below his career scoring average (27.7 ppg). I also think there are more deserving players than Iverson, like Rajon Rondo and Joe Johnson.
Need some examples? Yao Ming has been voted to start every All-Star game since coming into the league (that is 7 years in a row). Did he deserve it every year? Not really. Some years he did, but when he makes the starting line-up during an injury plagued season, something must be wrong. Some players that come to mind that could have started instead of Yao Ming in the past: Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, Amare Stoudemire, Marcus Camby, Carlos Boozer, Dirk Nowitzki, and Al Jefferson.
During the 2005-2006 season, the Detroit Pistons started 40-8; one of the best starts in NBA history. However, no Detroit Piston player was voted as an All-Star starter even though they all played so well. Instead, the players chosen as starters were Lebron James, Shaquille and Jermaine O’Neal, Dwayne Wade, and Allen Iverson.


D-train said...

No fans should not vote in the starters in the all-star game. Maybe they could vote in some players but it should be the players and coaches that vote for the starters. Like the NFL believes the ones who should determines who is the best are the ones that they play against.

James Tran said...

I wish I could go see this all star game. maybe next year

Adam said...

I think Fan's should get to vote the starters because they pay to see the game.

Bri said...

No the fans should not be able to select the starting line up. Just like in politics,on occasion, the individual most suited for position to contribute most effectively for the group is not always selected. Even though the all stars is a chance to see star players play as a group you still want it to be competitive and not playground basketball.

Daniel said...

I may have to disagree. Fans are the one that are ultimately paying the salraies oe each player in the league by their financial support. If a majority of fans want to see a player in the game, it isn't necessarily always the case that they be the best player at their position. Sometimes fans want to see who is the most entertaining and since they pay to see the game, can you blame them.

Kris said...

Yeah I can. I mean, I am a fan too and I still don't think fans should vote for the WHOLE STARTING LINE-UP. Al Jefferson, who should have been an All-Star, is going to miss the game because Yao Ming was voted to start. Can it still be considered an All-Star Game if it isn't the best of the best? You must also think about it from the players perspective, not just the fans'. Without one, there is no other. It isn't fair for players to be left off the team if they have had incredible seasons so far.

MiKE G said...

Let the fans equal the popular vote, and the organization be the electoral college. "A person is smart, but people are stupid."

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