The NBA released the All-Star Game voting results on Thursday and as expected, some of the results are quite curious.
The voting process currently takes into account voting by the fans, players, and media, with the fan vote being counted as double. There are clearly flaws to this method.
Fan favorites like Tacko Fall can garner close to a million votes while his play on the court clearly doesn't reflect any All-Star bona fides. But there are some checks to a fan-only system. Player and media votes count for a significant portion of the voting. But there are flaws to that portion of the voting as well.
Some players clearly don't take the voting process very seriously.
There are a lot of problems with all-star starter voting but especially this. There are a ton of players that don't even take it seriously. There vote counts for 25 percent of the result and I've personally watched them just pick random names to write down in the past.— Sarah Todd (@NBASarah) January 24, 2020
Just look at some of the Sixers' bench players who received votes from fellow NBA players — to be an All-Star!
Marial Shayok - 1 player vote
Shake Milton - 1 player vote
Trey Burke - 1 player vote
Matisse Thybulle - 1 player vote
Furkan Korkmaz - 1 player vote
Norvel Pelle - 1 player vote
Raul Neto, sadly, did not get any love from his fellow NBA players, nor did Mike Scott. Then there are the starters who received significant player votes: Tobias Harris (19), Al Horford (16), Josh Richardson (13). Those make some sense.
Joel Embiid was voted a starter by receiving a hefty portion of all three segments of the voting audience. The only other Sixer with a legit chance to make the team as a reserve appears to be Ben Simmons.
Simmons received the third most votes among guards in the East from the media, fourth most from the players, but a curious eighth most by the fans. More fans voted for Jaylen Brown than Simmons. OK, sure.
You can see a list of all players who received votes here. The reserves for the 2020 All-Star squad will be announces on Thursday night on TNT. The reserves are chosen by head coaches.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say the coaches around the league aren't going to give Pelle the nod for all of those sweet blocks.
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