Posted by: Turpy on November 18th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I’m sure I am about the millionth person to post this, but no one else has ever proved that Millsap deserves to be in the All Star Game! So I have decided to share the blog that I wrote on my personal blog Turpy-World with you. Click to Visit Turpy-World for original post
So today I got home after a long morning and noticed that the NBA All Star Ballot was out. Even though I know its just a popularity contest I still wanted to go on and vote. I know that Chris Paul and Kobe will get the popular vote over Derron and Okur would not be likely out with a injury… But the avid jazz fan that I am I decided to hop on. D Will… Check! Okur… Check! AK?… Surprised! Jefferson… Check! Millsap…. um…. what… where is my boy Millsaps name?
To my despair he was left of the ballot! How could this be was the first thing that I thought. Then I thought, well maybe its just cause I am a Jazz fan and I think he is better only cause he is a Jazz player. So I did what any normal person would do… I compared the other forwards on the ballot, but not to my surprise Millsap was better than most then statistically. So here is what I did
I took the top 8 categories (Points, Rebounds, Assists, Field Goal %, Free Throw %, Steals, Blocks and Turnovers) I took the current to date stats of all the forwards on the west ballot and ranked them from 1-25 The best person in that category got 1 point and the worse got 25. I did that will all 8 categories and them added them up. And this is what I came up with
Additionally I thought, if Millsap was on a team like the Kings or Timberwolves where they did not have as much talent as the Jazz, Lakers or Spurs then his numbers would be higher. So I went back and while I can not penalize the players or take them out cause their teams suck, I had to put a HUGE asterisks next to their name that their numbers would not be as good if they were on one of the better teams. So I have made anyone that is on a team below .500 in red!
Surprisingly Millsap came out 3rd in total value according to my personal evaluation, which I think is a decent way of showing.
One might say that they kept him out cause they have to include all teams and even it out, so I took the ballot and looked at the teams and who had the most invites
The Utah Jazz have 4 total players on the ballot while teams like the Lakers (6) Hawks (6) Bucks (5) Celtics Grizzlies (5) Pistons (5) and Suns (5) have more. So its not a total team problem. Then I noticed that the Jazz had quite a few forwards in the mix, maybe that was the reason. they do have 3 forwards. But I also noticed that Al Jefferson is listed as a forward and has played every game for the Jazz as a center. Which hurts Big Al’s chance cause the competition is tougher! Al could have easily been listed as a center and Millsap as a forward and kept it fair.
And if anything else, I am well aware that the All Star Game, really isn’t the All Star Game as much as it is the Popularity Star Game and Mr Stern is more about the face than the actual game! But in my opinion Millsap deserves to be there more than anyone else on the Jazz… But Williams.
So was this on purpose? Or does stern and his “All Star Committee” really think that Millsap does not deserve to be on the list? I would put this as bad as when Williams got shafted in 2009 from the All Star team… But at least he was on the ballot!
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