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Thursday, December 31st, 2009 at 2:32 pm  |  44 responses

All-Star ’10: Third Balloting Returns

by Ryne Nelson

OK, I’m willing to say it now: Tracy McGrady will lose his starting guard spot at All-Star 2010. As usual, the second West guard spot is a tightly contested popularity battle, with three players (McGrady, Steve Nash and Chris Paul) all showing early chances of being voted in.

But today, it’s safe to say the battle has gone down to two. T-Mac is out of the running, folks.

Mac’s support has been on a slow decline since the first balloting returns three weeks ago. His lead is now a slender hair above 1,000 votes. Chris Paul edged-out McGrady during the final voting period in 2009, despite a much larger difference in total votes. This year, though, don’t expect any drama surrounding T-Mac’s bid at the starting five. He’s on pace to finish fourth among Western guards.

Out East, it looks like we’ll see the same starting lineup as last season — LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard.

Out West again, with Amar’e taking center-eligibility, Melo’s the lock at the forward slot. And it doesn’t seem likely that Tim Duncan will edge out Dirk Nowitzki since the All-Star game’s in Dallas.

Oh, and we should point out that, despite the Internet and SportsCenter and Twitter, playing in a small market hurts the marketability of game’s young stars. Deron Williams, Brandon Roy and Kevin Durant had their chances nullified from the get-go because of their relative lack of exposure. It’s sad, really…

2010 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING
EAST FORWARDS
LeBron James 1,579,530
Kevin Garnett 1,317,739
Chris Bosh 644,473
Paul Pierce 320,499
Josh Smith 293,680
EAST GUARDS
Dwyane Wade 1,539,968
Allen Iverson 806,749
Vince Carter 651,134
Ray Allen 452,708
Gilbert Arenas 407,581
EAST CENTERS
Dwight Howard 1,479,625
Shaquille O’Neal 536,681
Al Horford 157,050
Andrea Bargnani 146,595
Brook Lopez 133,106
WEST FORWARDS
Carmelo Anthony 1,410,356
Dirk Nowitzki 753,971
Tim Duncan 685,390
Pau Gasol 667,767
Kevin Durant 474,506
WEST GUARDS
Kobe Bryant 1,606,032
Tracy McGrady 649,563
Steve Nash 648,558
Chris Paul 622,619
Jason Kidd 405,027
WEST CENTERS
Amar’e Stoudemire 1,143,849
Andrew Bynum 676,634
Nene 235,276
Marc Gasol 190,476
Antonio McDyess 130,058
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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Allen Iverson is set to start. smh.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    T Mac is going to play more minutes in the ASG than he has all season combined, But that seems to run in the family…and CB4 > KG.

  • slamfan4life

    No love for DRose…..

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Sixth eastern guard for Rose. That’s the most love for any sopho… er… sophomore other than Marc Gasol.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    T-Mac’s gone up since the second returns, which means he technically has a chance, but I’m holding firm.

  • LA Huey

    I hear you Moose. smh

  • mr.rightfornow

    lbj and cris did no disrespect to mofo but did he get 20 double-doubles no not even close hes younger and more talented period.

  • Diego

    why would anyone vote for McGrady??

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Yao Ming.

  • stax

    Tmac is ten times a better dunker than nash, kidd, and paul.

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    T-Mac should’ve stayed on the IL. He comes back to play, and all of a sudden 1.8 billion Chinese tuning in to Rockets games are going, wait a minute, T-Mac sucks now???

  • MikeC.

    @stax – at this point, I’d have to say Chris Paul is a better dunker than Tmac since I’ve seen Chris dunk in the past year.
    To those idiots who vote for Iverson, have you actually watched an NBA game in the last year? I’d vote for Iverson as a starter for the East on an All-Decade team, but based on stats and wins, Chris Duhon should be an All-Star before AI. Because the fans are morons, good young guards like Rose and Harris or Mo Williams won’t make the team. Hopefully AI has the sense to not play due to injury and let Stern name an injury replacement.

  • Bart

    So McDyess has more votes that Al Jefferson and J-Kidd has more than Deron.. get rid of fan voting, fans are idiots

  • JD

    What is wrong with whoever votes 4 AI? Seriously, where R all these guys comin from?

  • stax

    Too bad it’s these same idiots who hand their money to the NBA by watching the games and buying the products. The NBA wants to keep the “stupid” customers happy. It’s a tough decision between purity of the game or getting paid.

  • Posterboy15

    SMH AT HOW MANY FANS VINCE CARTER HAS LOST OVER THE YEARS, MEDIA SCRUTINY IS A BITCH, OTHER THAN A COUPLE YEARS HE WAS INJURED HE HAS BEEN SO CONSISTENT HIS WHOLE CAREER AND A GOOD GUY AS WELL.HE WAS THE NBA POSTERBOY BEFORE LEBRON AND KOBE..JUST SHOWS HOW LOYAL HIS FANS HAVE BEEN TO HIM, WHEN ALLEN IVERSON’S FANS STAY PUTTIN HIM IN THE ALL STAR GAME WHEN HIS LEVEL OF PLAY HAS DROPPED DRAMATICALLY..HOPE VC GETS IN, HE ACTUALLY DESERVED IT IN THE PREVIOUS YEARS FOR EVEN HAVING PEOPLE TO THINK A LESSER TALENTED NETS TEAM HE WAS ON CONSIDERING THE DAMN PLAYOFFS….

  • C2

    CB4 should be starting… not KG

  • reald3

    VINCE CARTER SHOULD BE BACK IN THE ALL-STAR GAME VOTE FOR CARTER!!

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Where is Chris Kaman, is what I want to know.

  • martin

    the all-star game is for the FANS. if u want to know who or acknowledge the best players, look at the all-NBA teams. so as much as i hate to see deron, roy, durant being left out of the west team, we should accept and understand that it’s what the FANS like most.

  • http://www.cracked.com litetitan

    tealish – he’s in Clipperhell.

  • MikeC.

    To help get rid of some of the foolish-seeming vote tallies, maybe the NBA should change the timing of the votes. Wait until Dec 1 to release the list of eligible players, and not allow votes to be cast until Jan 1. That way fans can actually see new players bust out that deserve a nod, or see other players play a bit to see if they deserve a vote.

  • http://www.nba.com/playerfile/sean_marks/index.html Michael NZ

    Iverson starting is a travesty. The NBA will doctor the votes to make sure T-Mac won’t be there. Not worried about that. What I am worried about? The fact that All Star games thoroughly suck – and I’m not one of those people who feel they should be playing all serious and hard to win etc – the games are just garbage. ’01 excluded of course.

  • http://nbashoes101.blogspot.com AI Supporter

    Allen Iverson is putting up 17 ppg, to go along with 4 apg and 4 rpg for the Sixers this season playing trough arthritis. And for all what he have done in the last decade, he really do deserve the starting spot.

  • Nigel

    While I agree these lineups are screwed up, people shouldn’t feel so strongly about this that they want the league to prevent it from happening. I mean it’s the fans’ game and they should see who they want to play. Even if they are just casual fans who don’t know the game like we do.

    But n that note I think it is utterly ridiculous that Antonio McDysse is top 5 for western centers while Kaman is completely shafted.

  • Maya Laku

    Chris Bosh should start,he’s ballin’ this year

  • cds1

    It’s a crime that D-will isn’t in the fight for top Pointguard spot. Shame

  • vtrobot

    can we not call them “all-stars” then? can we just start referring to them as “fan favorites?” all respect that’s due, but AI should be no where near an all-star game this year.

  • Micahel Scorn

    They should let the fans vote for MVPO and NBA Champion too.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    What I’m wondering is, if 600,000 silly Chinese fans are to be “blamed” for voting T-Mac in, then who the hell is responsible for the 800,000 Iverson votes? 4chan?!

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    No love for D-Will?

  • OneStep

    Who cares anyway? The All-Star weekend has become a pale shadow of its former self. I’d be far more interested in watching a NFL-style Pro-Bowl game.

  • moneyshot

    Anybody who can gain access to an computer can place a vote, thats why there are going to have starters who are not going to deserve to start. Even saying that I will still take the all-star weekend over the pro-bowl anyday. Thank goodness the fans don’t choose the whole all-star team.

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  • MrMag

    Its sad that Tracy is leading on the guards list and Derron Williams is nowhere to be found. If Nash starts (which would be dope to see him and Dirk starting together in Dallas) Derron should get the other pg spot.

  • money

    where is the love for kamann? i mean i dont want to see him in an asg but he could at least be in the top 5. highest scoring center in the L…lol. what happened to the center positon? sad if u look back at the 90´s…

  • Reflex

    DWill will miss out again massive shame.
    A bigger shame is the beast that is Kevin Durant not even being in contention, he’s been as legit as anyone else this season. Hope the coaches vote him in. Fan voting sucks

  • TheTruth

    This is ridiculous brandon roy or manu ginobili should be second in shooting guards not tmac hell monta ellis should be on here

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    id vote for AI jus like id vote for Ken Griffey Jr……every year till they retire! and obviously almost a million people feel the same way. dont hate…congradulate.

  • J

    hopefully Shaq gets in by coaches vote, and so as Brook Lopez. forget the records, the guy is playing as 2nd best center in the league

  • http://slamonline.com NUPE

    I don’t have any issues with the ballots. The all-star game is for the ‘stars’ and it’s the fans that determine who the stars are and that’s who they want to see. The all-nba teams are for the best players and that’s where D-will, Kaman and possibly other’s will get recognized. Being a big-time star does not mean you are among the best. Sly Stallone and Arn Schwarteneger (don’t know how to spell the name) are clearly two big-time stars from back in the day, but I don’t many people would consider them among the best actors from their time. Whoever the fans want to see are the stars and deservee to be in the all-star game, even if that includes T-mac and AI. The best should be recognized through the all NBA team.

  • ac slater

    16 of the 24 players are locked in.
    5 east starters wade iverson james garnett howard
    4 locks by the coaches johnson carter bosh pierce
    (only) 3 openings for rondo granger smith or shaq
    longshots g.wallace iguodala jamison

    5 west starters bryant nash anthony nowitzki stoud
    2 locks by the coaches paul duncan
    (only) 5 openings williams billups durant gasol booz
    longshots bynum kidd roy

    so while making your pics remember there are only 8 in doubt

  • BostonBaller

    Even if only “intelligent” fans voted then there would be an uproar b/c everyone can’t make it which means other “intelligent” fans would not have “their” favs starting in the game. Why not start the voting in late December or Jan 1st and only have players on the ballet who have actually played and played fairly well? BECAUSE the ASG is a money maker and Stern knows that AI and TMac jerseys still sell and controversy also sells. LOL.

  • BostonBaller

    PS..If you can complain that DWill & Durant aren’t close then I can complain that Rondo isn’t either. I voted for all 3 but I don’t vote on a daily basis like a lot of nuts.

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