Voting is a fraught procedure. Regardless of the sport, someone is going to be left unhappy by the outcomes.
Therefore it had been for the NBA All-Star Game starters that were announced Thursday night. For every single no-brainer choose like Giannis Antetokounmpo or LeBron James, there is an equal player who has left off.
The NBA has made attempts in recent years to minimize the chances of an undeserving participant. A weighted formula that includes media, player and fan voting determines starters. Fan voting accounts for 50% of the formula, and participant and press voting accounts for 25 percent each.
While every player voted a starter for this season’s game in Chicago gets the numbers to merit his addition, there are a handful of players that can make the case they need to be starting Feb. 16 from the Windy City.
Jimmy Butler, Heat
The new Miami star appears to have the case of anybody left from the starting lineups. Butler is averaging 20.3 points to proceed with career-highs of 7.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists while spearheading a Heat squad that is next in the Eastern Conference. Not being eligible might have hindered his chances, although butler was in total East frontcourt voting.
Ben Simmons, 76ers
He gives him a case, although his shooting has been a subject of this year. Simmons is averaging 16.0 points, 8.5 assists and 7.8 rebounds on career-high 57.8percent shooting while playing All-NBA quality defense. He finished in a tie for sixth among backcourt players.
Nikola Jokic, Nuggets
The competition was fierce in the West frontcourt. Jokic was fourth in overall West frontcourt voting supporting starters LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Kawhi Leonard. Jokic certainly has the numbers: 19.4 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.4 assists on 50.9% shooting. His availability may be the mark in his favor: He’s played in all 44 of the games of Denver, although Leonard and 34 have played with.
Bradley Beal, Wizards
Beal’s amounts are stellar: Career-highs of 27.5 points (sixth in the NBA) and 6.3 assists on 44.5% shooting. The lousy album of Washington, though, could have prevented Beal from breaking through in fan voting, where he had been ninth among East backcourt players. Trae Young’s Hawks are even worse, but Young’s numbers — 29.2 points (third in the NBA) and 8.6 assists (fourth in the NBA) — transcend Atlanta’s record.