During Monday night’s Celtics/Clippers match up (which we will not talk about due to end result), CSN commentators Donny Marshall and Mike Gorman informed fans of the Celtics how our favorite players are faring in the 2009-2010 All Star Game voting thus far.
As an avid basketball fan, particularly of the Celtics, I consider myself fairly well versed in the sport, its teams, and its players. Apparently, “fans” involved in the NBA All-Star voting are not quite as well versed.
First, let’s take a look at how the Celtics starters (and one bench player) stand as of December 24th, according to InsideHoops.com. Keep in mind that this is only a breakdown of the East squad, the West squad I could not care less about because it’s the same bunch every year.
For guards, Ray Allen is fourth in voting with 385,744 votes, while Rajon Rondo is eighth with 203,252 votes. For forwards, Kevin Garnett is second with 1,113,213 votes and Paul Pierce is fourth with 263,189. For centers, Rasheed Wallace is eighth with 66,304 votes and Kendrick Perkins is ninth with 40,057.
Fairly shocking results if you ask me.
Now, lets take some time to break down these votes since apparently fans are voting for the “All Decade” team instead of the “All-Star” team. Here we will break down each list in order of how they are currently ranked in ASG voting.
1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 1,314,215 votes:
26.8 ppg, 5.1 rebounds, 6.1 assists.
No argument here.
2. Allen Iverson (Phi) 635,084 votes:
14.4 ppg, 2.8 rebounds, 4 assists.
Wow. A guy who refused to play in Memphis because they wouldn’t start him, so he got released and signed with the 76ers. Mind you, AI has played in EIGHT games so far this year. Eight. Three in Memphis and five in Philadelphia. 20 points is his season high.
3. Vince Carter (Orl) 554,779 votes:
18.9 ppg, 5.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists.
Fine, I will take it.
4. Ray Allen (Bos) 385,744 votes:
15.9 ppg, 3.2 rebounds, 3 assists.
Right about where I would expect Sugar Ray to end up on this list. Seems like maybe the fans doing the voting is keeping in mind who he shares the court with.
5. Gilbert Arenas (Was) 355,544 votes:
22.4 ppg, 4.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists.
6. Derrick Rose (Chi) 305,029 votes:
17.5 ppg, 3.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists.
One of the few bright spots on an otherwise dismal Chicago team this season.
7. Joe Johnson (Atl) 227,896 votes:
21.4 ppg, 5.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists.
8. Rajon Rondo (Bos) 203,252 votes:
12.6 ppg, 4.1 rebounds, 9.5 assists.
Unacceptable for Rondo to be eighth on this list. His scoring is five points per game lower than Derrick Rose, but he gets a rebound and four assists more per game. Not to mention his three steals per game lead the NBA.
AI and Derrick Rose do not deserve to each be ahead of Rondo on this list and definitely not by a combined 736,861 votes!
1. LeBron James (Clev) 1,315,292 votes:
28.8 ppg, 6.9 rebounds, 7.8 assists.
No surprise here.
15 ppg, 7.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists.
Kind of surprised to see KG here but his leadership doesn’t seem to go unnoticed. And it doesn’t hurt to have mediocre competition.
3. Chris Bosh (Tor) 553,230 votes:
23.5 ppg, 11.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1 ticket out of town.
Run while you can Mr. Bosh! 2010 off season is your chance to shine.
4. Paul Pierce (Bos) 263,189 votes:
18.2 ppg, 4.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists.
His knee injury will probably be a damper on his vote totals, but he should make the team either way.
5. Josh Smith (Atl) 236,527 votes:
15.2 ppg, 8 rebounds, 3.5 assists.
A true up-and-comer in the NBA. I look forward to this kid’s next few years.
All in all, not dissatisfied with the Celtics’ vote totals here. Truthfully, we may even see both of these guys either opt out or ask for limited playing time as they could both use the rest.
1. Dwight Howard (Orl) 1,252,786 votes:
17.4 ppg, 13.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists.
Amazing specimen in the future of NBA centers. And he’s charismatic, you can’t hate that. I have zero argument here.
2. Shaquille O’Neal (Cle) 455,239 votes:
10.3 ppg, 7.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists.
Another Iverson, making the team as a name. The Cavs actually have a worse record than they did when he wasn’t on the team. Thankfully, he has 800,000 votes to make up to be a starter.
3. Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 121,253 votes:
16.3 ppg, 6.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists.
Maybe a guilty pleasure? All of Canada is voting for him? I just don’t know!
4. Al Horford (Atl) 118,802 votes
14 ppg, 9.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists.
Another young Hawk that will continue to grow over time. His 6’10” frame would have him be a power forward on almost any other team than Atlanta.
5. Brook Lopez (NJ) 105,157 votes:
19 ppg, 9.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists.
Solid numbers but hard to name anyone on a 2-28 team an All-Star. Plus, I have hated Brook and his twin sister brother since their Stanford days back in 2008.
6. Andrew Bogut (Mil) 87,876 votes:
15.6 ppg, 9.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1 ugly dude.
Bogut is a solid center in the East, but from what I have seen of him matching up with Kendrick Perkins, he falls short of an All-Star nod.
7. Jermaine O’Neal (Mia) 81,262 votes:
13.2 ppg, 7 rebounds, 1.6 assists.
Another fairly wiry center weighing in at 255lbs at 6’11”. Decent numbers, but once again, doesn’t match up.
8. Rasheed Wallace (Bos) 66,304 votes:
9.4 ppg, 4.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists.
Coming off of the bench, ‘Sheed is AHEAD of Perkins? As if six of the seven guys ahead of Perk weren’t bad enough.
12 ppg, 7.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1 key to my heart.
Ok, just kidding on that but seriously, Perkins has the size (6’10” and 278 lbs) to match up with any of these guys. But just for giggles, lets see who he IS ahead of…
10. Samuel Dalembert (Phi) 35,714 votes:
6.2 ppg, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists.
Seriously. Dalembert mailed it in on his team in week one and has been trying to shop himself around the NBA. He only 4,300 votes less than Perk.
The center vote has me absolutely stunned. However, this category falls under “What names do I know?” for the NBA non-fans. Center is a position that has become overlooked greatly in the NBA unless your name is Shaq or you wear a cape anytime people see you publicly. Thus, the NBA All-Star East center votes.
For ‘Sheed to be ahead of Perkins on this list only further proves that people are voting by name only. In fact, Wallace and Perkins combined for 106,361 votes which puts them (if they could be combined into one super-human) in fifth on this list, just ahead of Brook Lopez by 1,200 votes. Absurd and pathetic.
Do like our friends over at Vote for Perk and get it done.
If that doesn’t get you pumped for Perk, I don’t know what will.
Perkins and Rondo deserve to be playing in this All-Star game just as much as anyone in the NBA. Both of them are in the elite in the NBA and are being beat out by players who have more common household names.
Rondo being the definition of a true point guard, is a tough spot to be in competing for a guard role in the ASG but, even with his high assists and steal totals, his scoring and rebounds remain high.
As for Perkins, he was drafted straight out of high school, so people don’t know his name like Shaq (been in the NBA for over 15 years), Al Horford and Brook Lopez (both very well known in their college careers), and Andrea Bargnani and Andrew Bogut (who have entire countries voting for them).
Despite the NBA having the worst All-Star voting process in the history of sports, Bostonians and Celtic fans throughout the world need to get online and vote. Here, I will even bring the voting booth to you: