Zaza Pachulia Is Second In Frontcourt All-Star Voting, And The Internet Is Freaking Out
Zaza Pachulia is about to win the popular vote, but lose the electoral college.
One would expect Kevin Durant to be the leading NBA All-Star vote-getter among NBA All-Star candidates, and he is. But ... Zaza in second place? Yep.
Durant's Georgian teammate has 439,000 votes, which is more than Blake Griffin, Karl Towns, LaMarcus Aldridge and Marc Gasol combined. (Steph Curry leads the guards with 523,597). How could this be?
I assume 200k of those Zaza votes came in the hours after he went on a pony ride on the Garden floor https://t.co/RrqZuQhYrj
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 5, 2017
The internet is not amused. You see, unlike in other pro sports, NBA fans tend to take their All-Star Game seriously ... even though the player themselves don't. Exhibit A: last season's All-Star final, West beats East, 196-173. And the average score of the previous three All-Star Games, 165-150. Yeah, a lot of defense is being played there.
So does it really matter if Zaza starts this game for the West with Curry, Harden, Durant, whomever? Of course not. But it would be an outrage to many. Take a look:
Zaza Pachulia .. y'all some real scumbags
— Buzz (@C_Owens44) January 6, 2017
Again with the Zaza Pachulia? https://t.co/N4P8tpaw9M
— J.A. Adande (@jadande) January 5, 2017
Zaza Pachulia is averaging 5 points and 6 rebounds a game and is second in voting in the front court? GS bandwagon strong
— Russell TripDubBrook (@Jhickness9) January 5, 2017
Your current ASG starters if voting ended today
The fan vote SUCKS.
— Pizza's Intellect (@NekiasNBA) January 5, 2017
Except that wouldn't be the West's starting lineup -- Zaza might not even make the team at all. The fans account for only 50 percent of All-Star voting and the other 50 percent is the media and players. Combine the two and Zaza doesn't even make the team. The NBA switched to the electoral college system this season.
So you guys with Russell Westbrook Fatheads in your kitchen should really just relax.
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