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Danielle Thompson

Danielle Thompson

Danielle Thompson

Jamison Amerine, Sports Editor

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The Voting results for the 2016 NBA All-Star game in Toronto were revealed last night and once again we encountered the same recurring problem fans face every season.

Name recognition finding superiority over who rightfully deserves a spot.

The starters for the east and west were revealed on the TNT pre-game show. No fuss can be made about the west starting five. The greatest player in the world, Stephen Curry, was a no brainer, along with the dynamic duo of Westbrook and Durant, the legend in Kobe Bryant, and the game’s most overlooked talent in Kawhi Leonard.

The East is a different story.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony were named to the starting five, even with seemingly average seasons. Two of the biggest snubs were Pistons’ center Andre Drummond and Bulls’ guard Jimmy Butler.

Drummond is averaging a double-double this season, leading the league with 15.5 rebounds per game, and propelling the Pistons into a playoff position that wasn’t expected.

Butler averages 22.4 points per game and has managed to lead the Bulls to the fourth slot in the East, even with star point guard Derrick Rose having missed the majority of the season with injury.

Sure, Wade and Anthony were iconic in their respective prime years ago, but now it is time to give recognition the young and talented players that are shaping the league now, and for the future.
I’m not saying fan voting should be eliminated, but this year they definitely dropped the ball.

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