Ray Allen thinks so.
Celtics guard Ray Allen thinks it's time to limit fans' influence in All-Star voting with Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady, despite having little to no impact this season, both headed into the final hours of voting in position to start.
"I like the fact that the fans get the opportunity to vote and pick who they'd like to see in the All-Star Game, but I don't think it should be 100 percent," Allen said this week.
Allen said the fan voting has made the game "watered down" and called for a change in the process.
Allen said fans should have 50 percent of the vote, with the other 50 percent being divided evenly between the media and the players. He said players know who is playing the best, and believes with his idea, "you'd look at five guys starting the All-Star team regardless of hype or highlight."
The article goes on to talk about other reasons why the voting process should change. Some argue that there should be a minimum amount of games played in order to make the team. The article uses Tracy McGrady as an example. Playing in only six games this season, and now not even suiting up for the Rockets, McGrady has gotten enough votes to start in this years All-Star Game as of today. He holds a slim margin over Steve Nash.
Obviously McGrady is not worthy of a spot this season, and it his career in the league that is getting him votes from fans. The same goes for Allen Iverson, who also has gotten enough votes to start in this year's All-Star Game. There has been nothing Iverson has done this season that has earned him a spot in the lineup, and surely if he plays in the game he will take a spot away from someone who actually deserves a spot. Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo are two players who could make the team in the last few spots. If Iverson prevents this from happening, it would be a shame.
All that being said, should Kevin Garnett be starting in the game this year? NBA fans can be upset if Iverson makes the team and Rondo doesn't (which I don't think will happen- I think Rondo has to make it at this point), but Chris Bosh and Josh Smith are also having great years at the PF position.
Just food for thought on this Sunday afternoon.