The NBA released the final starting roster spots for the 2017 All-Star game, and due to the new voting criteria, there were some startling disclosures. This year, instead of giving fans all the power, the league decided to give the players and the media each 25 percent of the vote to decide who made it to the All-Star game. The fans still received 50 percent of the vote, but the new voting rules still shook up the ballots.
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The Western Conference starters include Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis. The starters for the Eastern Conference are Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jimmy Butler.
What might stick out to you at first is that Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was left out of the starting lineup. Although he leads the league in scoring (30.6), is second in assists (10.4) and is averaging a triple-double, he’s still not starting. Shocking!
Another shocking finding from the voting results is that a ton of players left Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant off their ballots. There were 128 players who didn’t vote for LeBron and 154 players who didn’t vote for Durant.
The reason so many players were “bad” voters was probably because they were too busy voting for themselves. Players who had no chance of making the All-Star game mysteriously had one player vote next to their name. We can only assume that these players took the time out of their day to vote for themselves.
Even players who haven’t even played a game this season have player votes next to their names!
The list is long, but this should have been expected. Of course players are going to vote for themselves. But even though they did, LeBron and KD still finished first in all three voting categories.