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Stan Van Gundy bashes the latest All-Star voting results: "Do better NBA fans!"

Stan Van Gundy on NBA All-Star 2022

Stan Van Gundy on NBA All-Star 2022

The NBA All-Star voting process has been the subject of scrutiny in the past years. After the league announced the 2nd voting returns for this year's All-Star Game, Stan Van Gundy joined the criticism, singling out some “underserving” players who got more votes than those who are playing well at the moment. 

SVG: "Do better NBA fans" 

All-Stars Weekends have always been about the fans, and their votes account for 50 percent of the total vote to determine the starters for the NBA All-Star Game. But as seen in the past, they tend to reward players who don't actually deserve to be there -- Zaza Pachulia almost got in as an All-Star starter in 2017 with 439,675 votes. This year, the NBA has released the second return of the votes, revealing some interesting choices.

Stan Van Gundy, who has been around the NBA as a coach and game analyst, wasted no time expressing his displeasure with the voting results. He even singled out names who are way too high on the list, suggesting other guys who should take their place instead.

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How to solve the All-Star voting woes

The problem with fans voting for All-Stars is that some of them base their decisions on nostalgia and emotions. Klay Thompson barely returned but got more votes than Devin Booker. Derrick Rose is a decent player, but he is not ahead of Fred Van Vleet or Darius Garland this year. 

The NBA included the stats in their polls but voters decide based on what stuck to their minds. For some of them, Derrick Rose will forever be the MVP Rose in his Chicago Bulls days. So it’s very hard for someone like Garland to earn more votes if there’s no conscious effort from his teammates and the team to campaign for him. Based on the 2nd return of ballots, stats are not enough.

The NBA has made changes to the All-Star game, making it more exciting, competitive, and refreshing to the fans. A change is due to the All-Star voting system, and it needs to be done soon to preserve the integrity of the event. Aside from stats, the number of games played should also factor in. The player votes and media votes are not enough to swing the favor to those playing well. 

Nostalgia votes are understandable when a legend is set to retire at the end of the season. That’s how MJ got to be a starter after Vince Carter willingly gave way his spot. Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki deserved the same treatment but did not receive the same tribute. Good thing the two made the reserves in the 2019 All-Star game. 

Categorizing the players may also help -- the favorites, the in-form players, and 1 to 2 spots for the retiring ones. This should balance the votes and allow everyone to get the chance of making it, not only the favorites or popular ones, despite how undeserving it might be.

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