A week ago I started to tell you about my plan to remodel the NBA All-Star game. The Friday and Saturday events are cool as they are, other than my idea of bringing H.O.R.S.E back. There’s another time and place for a dunk contest redo. Lets’ get this out the way first. I, along with Jeff Van Gundy think fans should not vote for the All-Star Game anymore. Mark Cuban commented on this recently and brought up some interesting facts.
Let’s look at the voting from 2009. Dwight Howard led the way with over 3 million votes. LeBron chimed in at 2nd place with slightly under 3 million votes. In the year of 2004, Vince Carter led the way with a little over 2 million votes. Fast forward to 2015, and the leading vote getter was Steph Curry with right about 1.5 million votes. So, in 6 seasons the votes for the leading vote getter have basically been cut in half. Shouldn’t that be the opposite? In a world where you don’t need the paper ballot, or only being able to go to nba.com as your voting, this makes absolutely no sense. This means we need to scrap the voting procedures, or scrap the game all together in lieu of a major overhaul. Adam Silver, who is being sold as a commissioner who acts very progressively with his stances on playoff seeding, gambling, etc., has to see this and think what the issue here is.
The issue is fans don’t need to vote, and the participation in voting count reflects that idea. In 2015 where the NBA is at one of its more popular levels, this years’ voter turnout was unacceptable. But never fear childrens and babies, ya boy has the solution(s) to what ails this problem. Now, as in life, there are options. You want the fan vote to count, since "it’s their game", cool. Lets’ scrap the game altogether and make the top four vote getters team captains in a 3-on-3 tournament with 6 players per team. Meaning this will have to take place over a 2 day period. Those captains then will draft from a pool of players that finished in top 5 of the voting. Then the tournament takes place, and the first one to 10 points wins. Take this year’s voting: Your team captains according to the top 4 vote getters would be Curry, LeBron, Davis, and Kobe. With Kobe now out, the highest vote total would then go to Harden.
They could draft from the pool of others that received votes.
You could also expand it and make 6 teams of 4 players, which would make the bracket weird, but there are enough smart people in the NBA world to figure out the logistics. However, in order for this to work you would also have to make the All-Star break a week long. If the break ends this Wednesday, then the next set of games shouldn’t begin until the next Wednesday; that echoes the remarks made by LeBron last year, which takes into account the various corporate and league mandated responsibilities the players have. For those of you who still like the current setup, I say allow the NBA awards voters to vote for the all-stars. None of this is perfect btw, but I dare anyone to find a better solution, after all it’s just an exhibition game.
Born in Dayton, Ohio but raised in Dallas. D.A. is no pushover