Russia Hacks NBA All-Star Vote?
When it comes to professional sports, one of the most controversial topics every year is how the All-Star events are handled. Whether that is the complete lack of excitement in the NFL Pro Bowl, or why the MLB winners get home field advantage for their league in the World Series. The NBA All-Star game is not left out of this debate, as the fan vote seems to be a thorn in the side of the game and players each year.
This year is no different. Even with the NBA adjusting the fan vote to only account for 50 percent of the weighted vote, there is still cases of snubs and absurd players receiving too many votes. The main one so far being the case of Zaza Pachulia.
Upon the initial release of the fan vote results, Pachulia was second in the Western Conference for frontcourt positions. He only trailed fellow teammate Kevin Durant in the vote.
This has once again sparked a controversy in how the fan vote is handled. It has also caused a lot of commotion in the comment sections of social media pages between people from the United States and people from Georgia (the country, not the state).
For those that do not know, Zaza Pachulia is from the country of Georgia. A majority of the country has been contributing votes to Pachulia’s case. Most fans that are not from Georgia feel that not only is this a ridiculous vote, but that it is taking away from the other players who are far more deserving.
Let’s take a look at a few stat lines:
5.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 0.5 BPG
28.0 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 1.4 BPG
29.1 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 2.5 BPG
11.8 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 1.8 BPG
21.7 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 1.5 BPG
If Sesame Street taught us anything, it is that “One of these things is not like the other”.
These are all Western Conference players, and they all play the same position. In order they are: Zaza Pachulia, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, DeAndre Jordan, and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Yet when asked about it, Pachulia knows where a majority of the votes come from but is not surprised that he is so high in the vote.
Odds are that when the players and media votes are added in, that Pachulia will not be a starter, but it still goes to show that the fan vote could use some tinkering.