Jeremy Lin Clause
With the coming of the NBA's 62nd annual All-Star game it has been brought to my attention that there is a serious discrepancy voters make in terms of talent and popularity. Customarily, these two entities go hand in hand as popularity is usually a by-product of talent. With this in mind, players who are deserving typically get the credit they deserve. However, it seems as though this year many deserving players will be overlooked due to an undeserving players popularity. That player just so happens to be Jeremy Lin. The All-Star ballots second returns were released today and it turns out Jeremy Lin has almost 500 thousand votes and only trails future Hall of Famers Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul. Paul is currently maintaining a slim lead over Lin but that is subject to change as the All-Star game is a few months away. My qualms come from the fact that there are several more deserving guards such as James Harden (averaging 25 ppg), Russell Westbrook (averaging 21ppg and 8 assists), and Tony Parker (averaging 19 ppg and 7 assists). Jeremy Lin averages 11 points per game and 6 assists. Not bad numbers but no were near All-Star caliber. With the leagues new designation of front court players his addition will trickle down and not only effect worthy guards from making the team but also worthy forwards/centers. With that being said, I'm aware that bench players are chosen by coaches and in turn could make this petition obsolete being that I highly doubt Lin would be selected by coaches. But what if he is selected as a starter? What is Chris Paul comes off the bench and in turn inhibits other worthy players of being selected? Lets be clear though; this isn't about race. I'm fully cognizant that many would point to Lin's ethnicity as reason for his vote surplus but I would also say that many of those same voters have also contributed to other non-Asian players vote totals. Regardless of race, there is an obvious flaw in this system that will only continue if not corrected sooner than later. That is why I am asking the NBA to have players act as an electoral college of sorts for All-Star starters. Nothing would change from the fan voting perspective but players would have the final say in terms of those that reached a certain threshold of fan votes (ex. at least 50k fan votes.) After all the players are playing against these same players and know who deserves to be selected due to TALENT. I am writing this as a concerned life long NBA fan who does not want to see the best All-Star event in all of American sports turn in to a mockery.