When the NBA announced the 2015 All-Star Game starters earlier this week, a few people around the League raised an eyebrow at the voting results. You know, like Marcin Gortat getting more votes than Kevin Durant. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, in fact, is calling for the elimination of fan voting to determine ASG starters, calling this year’s outcome “embarrassing” and saying the system is “broken.” More, from ESPN:
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believes the NBA should ditch fan voting for the All-Star Game, saying the apathetic response is “embarrassing” and proves the system is “absolutely, positively broken.”
Fan balloting online and on Twitter determined the 10 starters, who were announced Thursday. The 14 reserves, selected by a vote from the coaches in each conference, will be announced Jan. 29.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry received the most votes this season with 1,513,324, a total Cuban said proves that fans aren’t excited about All-Star voting.
“In context of everything, that’s no votes,” Cuban said. “That’s such a small number considering all the different options you have to vote that it’s almost embarrassing. It’s just no one’s really looked at it that way. … I mean, think about it. Of all the people who go to games, all the people who watch games globally, to have [1.5] million means that system’s broken. Absolutely, positively broken.”
Cuban, who also thinks All-Star rosters should be expanded a couple of spots for each conference, suggests allowing coaches and/or general managers to vote for the starters as well as the reserves each season.