Posted by Neil Paine on January 19, 2009
A user named "Chendaddy" over at Bleacher Report has a beef with some of the All-Star fan voting so far this year. And with good reason: oft-injured Tracy McGrady (.388 FG%) has more votes than Chris Paul; Rafer Alston has more votes than Brandon Roy; Allen Iverson has more votes than Devin Harris; Samuel Dalembert in inexplicably 2nd among East centers in voting; Gilbert Arenas is 6th among East guards despite not having played a single game this year (and not having played well since spring '07).
Perhaps most damning is the fact that, thanks to a large contingent of voters in his native China, Yi Jianlian (14.4 P/36, .497 TS%) is dangerously close to pushing Kevin Garnett out of the starting lineup in the East.
Chendaddy has a 2-part solution, though: split the voting up by region, and give the players a say in voting -- thus eliminating the heavy influence of overseas voting, and making sure certain players don't get in merely on reputation alone.