Ok, the starters were announced earlier tonight. For the most part, I’m fine with them. Especially the East starters. Now, we all know about the Yao situation. However, I must say I have no problem with that, because the league will be able to choose a proper and deserving replacement. That’s what we all want, right?
My problem comes with Carmelo Anthony getting a starting spot. In a year where the West is completely stacked at the forward slot, there is just no way Anthony should be starting over someone like Dirk, Pau, or Griffin. Statistically, he isn’t even close to those guys. He is a full 2 PER points behind Griffin and 3 behind Gasol and Dirk. True shooting shows us an even larger gap, where Anthony lags behind Griffin by 3%, 5% behind Gasol, and a staggering 9% behind Dirk.
Finally, as mediocre at defense as these guys are (Gasol being better than the other two) they are all better defenders than Anthony. Even Griffin, who is quite a poor help-defender, plays sturdier defense than Anthony.
So, my proposal is this. If the vote between players at specific spot is within a certain percentage of votes difference (or raw number), then the coaches and/or players should get to choose the starter from the group of players that fell within that margin. This would mean that only run-away vote getters would get in without input from the coaches/players. However, it would also ensure that fan votes would still be important, even if they didn’t get the final say, because the list that the players and coaches could choose from would come specifically from the top vote-getters via the fans.