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The All-Star Game Will Be Very Predictable

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Yesterday, the league revealed the 2016 NBA All-Star Game starters who will be the first to go out on the floor in Toronto later this year. The West is led by none other than last year’s MVP Stephen Curry while the East will be behind LeBron James, trying to show that their conference is the superior one.

In addition to Curry, the West All-Star starting five will feature Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers in his last All-Star appearance.

They will face the aforementioned LeBron, Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks. All in all, these were mostly predictable picks, especially since the league has been giving us updates since the fan voting began last year.

The highest number of votes in both conferences went to Kobe who will be playing his 18th straight All-Star game, an NBA record. Black Mamba received almost 1,900,000 votes, despite the fact he hasn’t been playing great this year. In fact, one might say that he only got voted in based on his entire career and the fact this is his last season as an NBA player. If you ask us, this is perfectly fine.

Steph got second-most votes, with just over 1,600,000 and LeBron was third with surprisingly few 1,090,000 votes. Carmelo Anthony just barely squeezed into the starting five in the East, with only 360 votes more than Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls. Perhaps the greatest injustice of this year’s All-Star fan voting is the fact that Draymond Green of the Warriors will not be starting, despite a historically spectacular season.

It goes without saying that a lot of people have aired their grievances about the starters and we can only imagine the amount of outrage that will come out once the league reveals the substitutes. In our opinion, there is really no need to get too excited as the All-Star game has always been a popularity contest aimed at promoting the league. As long as you see the All-Star Weekend for what it really is, it becomes obvious that disagreeing with the rosters is futile.

The fact that All-Star appearances influence how much players are paid is a topic for a completely different conversation.

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