On Thursday night, the NBA announced the starters for the 2015 NBA All-Star game as voted on by the fans. Chris Bosh didn't make the cut, as we expected. But, Dwyane Wade also did not make it into the starting lineup, ending his chance at 10 straight years as being a starter.
Bosh has never been voted in as a starter, but has made the team the past nine seasons. This year, he got passed on again by the fans despite having his best year since the 2009-10 season.
Voted in over Chris Bosh in the front court was LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol. And Kyle Lowry and John Wall are in over Wade. So were they snubbed by the fans? Let's take a look...
LeBron is absolutely more deserving than Chris Bosh. I don't think I need to even go into details about this, but James is 2nd in the NBA in scoring at 26 PPG and regarded as the best basketball player on planet Earth. In no way, shape, or form does Bosh get selected over James.
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This is interesting to debate. Gasol is certainly a strong candidate, and a little bit of a surprise as a fan favorite to be voted in. Gasol is having a great year averaging 18.7 PPG and 11.4 RPG. Chris Bosh is averaging 21.3 PPG and 7.7 RPG. Their numbers are similar, but obviously Chicago has been a more successful team than the Heat so far this year. Behind James and Anthony, Bosh is the next highest scoring front court player in the Eastern Conference.
Gasol has been the more consistent player here, and probably more deserving. I don't think you can make a strong case for Bosh to be more deserving. Can you make a case? Yes, but I don't think it would be an overwhelming argument.
And here's where it gets really interesting. Melo may 5th in the league at scoring at 24.0 PPG, but his team is 7-36 and last in the NBA in standings. Melo has missed some time, but no more than Chris Bosh. Fans love Carmelo because of his scoring, but should a player who's team is the worst in the NBA be a starter for your conference? That's up to us to decide as fans.
Melo has been an All-Star for a long time, and if he wasn't voted in, he probably wouldn't get selected by the coaches. It's kinda like the DeMarcus Cousins issue: good numbers, bad team.
Also, Marcin Gortat finished above Bosh in voting.
It became clear that John Wall was going to be the leading vote getter in the East guards section a while ago, and that's fine. Wall is averaging 17.0 PPG and 10.0 APG. Great numbers on a really good team, and he is their clear leader. I think because of the circumstances that Wall is probably more deserving than Wade, he is a great player.
But, I don't think that it's all that clear he is a more valuable player than Wade. No arguments from me here, Wall deserves it.
And here is where it gets interesting. Kyle Lowry gets in as a starter by more than 15,000 votes. Thanks, Twitter. Lowry is averaging 19.8 PPG and 7.5 APG on the Toronto Raptors who are 27-15. Lowry is having a great year, and so are the Raptors. But...Dwyane Wade is also averaging 21.8 PPG, 5.5 APG and 4.0 RPG. Sure, the Heat are not a good team right now, but Wade has been a staple as a winner and elite player.
Lowry for sure deserves to be on the team, and his coach was going to make sure of that, but a starter of Wade? That's hard for me to sell. Obviously, the fans voted in and made Lowry the guy, which is a surprise. Since the last poll, Lowry got over 115,000 more votes than Wade, again a surprise.
Whatever numbers you look at or standings. My eye test tells me that Dwyane Wade is still a top 2 guard in the Eastern Conference.
In my opinion, if you are looking at who should start...it probably isn't Carmelo. At some point, team success should come into play if you are considered an All-Star. And when you are at the bottom, it says something. But hey, Kobe Bryant was voted in as well.
Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade may have been snubbed, but it wasn't by the coaches, it's by us, so we are to blame. But in all honesty, the All-Star voting is about who we want to see, so if we want to see Melo light it up rather than Bosh shoot jumpers, then that's what we will get. And if we want Lowry over a 33 year old Wade, then that's what we got. I'm just surprised Wade is no longer a fan-favorite.
The real snubbing will happen when the reserves are announced through the voting of the coaches. There will be 7 spots left in the East and Bosh and Wade will be among these players fighting to go to the game:
Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, Al Horford, Kyle Korver, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Joe Johnson, Kemba Walker, and Nikola Vucevic.
I think Wade is a lock on being selected. But 4 of those players have a better PER than Chris Bosh. He can do himself a favor by playing well the next two weeks.
What do you think Heat fans? Was Chris Bosh snubbed by the voters? Should he be starting?