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NBA voters swing, miss on most All-Star Game starters


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Nobody should argue with Morey, although my biggest problem with the voting in the West involves Bryant and Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge.

Kobe, of course, has been injured for all but six games this season.

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Who is the best player in NBA history at getting to the basket, getting a shot off in traffic and finishing? Former Jazz coach, general manager and team president Frank Layden’s nominee is San Antonio point guard Tony Parker. “I don’t know if it’s the spin be can put on the ball or what,” Layden said. “But he’s the best I’ve ever seen. … He’s just unbelievable.” Parker averages 18.2 points and 6.3 assists. He should be an All-Star.

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Speaking of the All-Star Game, Minnesota’s Kevin Love will be a starter for the first time in his career. In back-to-back wins over the Jazz last week, Love finished with 37 points, 26 rebounds and 13 assists. Before the Timberwolves’ 112-97 victory in Utah, Love had kind words for the fans at EnergySolutions Arena: “They’re great. They’re right on top of you. The fan base is good. They’re always talking trash. … It’s a very tough play to play because of that.”

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As a revered veteran and one of the game’s all-time great players, he received nearly 890,000 votes for what he’s done in the past. But that’s a disservice to guards like James Harden, Tony Parker, Damian Lillard and even the currently-injured Chris Paul.

Among "frontcourt" players in the West, Aldridge was super-snubbed.

He averages 24.7 points and 11.6 points for Portland, which is 32-11 after being picked to miss the playoffs by almost everyone in the preseason.

While voting Love and Griffin as starters isn’t nearly as egregious as picking role-player Laker A.C. Green over Karl Malone in 1990, it was a defeat for deserving, small-market player who should finish among the top-five in this year’s MVP voting.




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