Thursday, January 3, 2008

All-Star voting: Dirk sits 3rd

Reigning MVP Dirk Nowitzki is still third in All-Star voting among Western Conference forwards, trailing leader Tim Duncan and Carmelo Anthony. The top two get starting the nods.

Nowitzki has made the last seven All-Star teams, but has yet to be voted in as a starter. He did start last year as an injury replacement.

“There should be a great sense of appreciation for what he does,” Avery Johnson said recently. “He’s been really consistent. He’s been one of the most criticized star players in a long time. There are a lot of other star players that haven’t achieved nearly what this young man has achieved individually and their teams.

“But for some reason or another they’ve been able to get a pass. People that really know the game, coaches and fans, they have a sense of appreciation for what he does night-in and night-out, and what he’s done so far over his career.”

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is well-known that the All-Star Game is not the best type of game to showcase Dirk's unique talents.

He frequently looks awkward among the stud-letes like LeBron, Wade, Anthony, etc.

If we were just picking players for the all-NBA team, then Dirk should definitely be considered as a starter, but for the All-Stars its more about flash than substance.

So, as a pride-point, sure Dirk should be a starter, but realistically considering the type of show the All-Star Game has become, maybe it makes sense that Dirk is only 3rd in the voting.