Last week, John Wall complained about the first 2016 NBA All-Star Game voting returns. As you might expect based on that sentence, Wall was not one of the top two guards in the East in those returns. Budding superstar though he may be, Wall isn’t actually a consensus top-two guard in the East this season. Kyle Lowry has pretty clearly been the class of the conference, and Jimmy Butler, Reggie Jackson and DeMar DeRozan all have claims on that No. 2 spot. As does Wall.
One player who does not is Kyrie Irving. When those first returns were announced on Christmas Day, Irving had only played in two of Cleveland’s 26 games, yet he was beating Wall, Butler, Jackson, DeRozan and every East guard but Dwyane Wade for the No. 2 East guard slot.
This is John Wall’s beef. It’s not the only one surrounding All-Star voting, either. The good news is that the league could make some sensible tweaks to improve the results without neutering the laudable goal of bringing NBA fans into the process.