Charles Barkley always has an opinion on something. So of course, he had something to say about fans voting in the All-Star game.
“I don’t think the fans should ever vote is because they just vote for their favorite players,’’ Barkley told WMSF-FM. “I’m a big Kevin Garnett fan. But there’s no way in the world he should be starting the All-Star game right now. And the same way with Dwight Howard. Those fans who have penciled those two guys in (to) start… that’s a travesty to be honest. I like Dwight Howard but he ain’t played like no All-Star this year and Kevin Garnett (the same).’’
The fans will always get something wrong. Just like coaches and peers will get it wrong. The fans are only voting for the starting line-up, anyway.
Kevin Garnett probably shouldn’t be in the All-Star game but while Dwight Howard has struggled, who is a better pick to start in that position than Dwight? Even if they have done away with the center position, Howard is still having a statistically good year (17.3 points and 11.9 rebounds per game). Tim Duncan has made more of an impact and is having a great year himself (18.0 points and 9.8 rebounds per game); the hardcore fans would put Duncan ahead of Howard. But it’s not like Howard would be a bad pick as a starter.
I personally would like a weighted vote for fans, coaches, players, and the front office (throw in the media, too). This whole thing can be complicated, though. While the All-Star game is something we should not care for (it is an exhibition, after all), we get irritated (mad) when someone deserving gets left off. Still, we look at how good players are over their careers partly by how many All-Star games they make.
It’s the sad truth. B.J. Armstrong’s career wasn’t truly remarkable other than being part of three championship rings but he was voted in as an All-Star. Jamaal Magloire, while not voted in, isn’t exactly a household name and most people didn’t think he was an excellent player but he was an All-Star once, too. Ironman A.C. Green is known for playing in 1,192 straight games but he will also be known as an All-Star. Brad Miller also made two All-Star games.
So, yes, I agree with Charles Barkley to an extent. I really shouldn’t care but I do. I just confused myself.