Given the fact that they were both selected first overall in their respective drafts and were given the keys to their franchises, John Wall and Kyrie Irving will be compared for the rest of their careers. Irving, who started off the season on an underwhelming note, has finally begun to pick up his play while John Wall had led his Wizards team to the playoff picture for the first time in half a decade. Much is expected out of both of them and Chris Manning of Right Down Euclid, FanSided’s Cleveland Cavaliers site, contacted me to discuss the two dynamic point guards.
Here’s a snippet of the conversation. Please feel free to check out the entire piece on RDE:
Chris Manning: As I’ve stated on Twitter a few times now, I think John Wall should the starter in the Eastern Conference backcourt alongside Dwayne Wade. Over the course of the entire season, he’s been more consistent and simply better than Irving. The Wizards are also slightly less dysfunctional that the Cavaliers and, if they can find consistency, there is a good chance they can get a high playoff spot in the East. That should count for something, and that leads me to think that if Wall had a profile as high as Irving, he might receive the number of fan votes Irving has received.
Ben Mehic: I definitely agree with everything you stated. Although John Wall is having a better statistical season than Kyrie Irving and his team has been a lot less dysfunctional than the Cavaliers, I didn’t expect him to get more fan votes than “Uncle Drew.” Let’s face it, fans will inevitably vote for their favorite players who are often times the ones with more publicity…(continued)
Chris and I also discussed ways to fix some issues regarding NBA All-Star voting:
CM: This leads me to my main question here. Should we be okay with having fans vote for All-Star games and just accept whatever the end result is? Or should it be left up to coaches (or even players) to decide so, theoretically, the most deserving players each season would make it and we would then avoid a injured older star like Kobe Bryant getting a high number of votes?
I think the answer is somewhere in the middle. All-Star Weekend and the game itself are for the fans, but history has shown that, collectively, fans don’t always get it right. For instance, this season, Aaron Afflalo of the Orlando Magic should be a shoo-in but likely won’t get a lot of fan support. Thus, I’d suggest that the vote gets spilt 50/50. Each coach would get to fill out a roster and the fans will continue to vote as they always have. It’s not a perfect solution, but it the right mix of entertainment value and getting the correct players the All-Star bids that they deserve.
BM: I honestly don’t have much of a problem with letting the fans vote for the starters. Although it’s frustrating to see undeserving players get the nod simply because they’re popular, the All-Star weekend is all about the fans so I can’t complain. If the fans get it wrong, the deserving players will likely still get to participate via the coaches vote. There is no solution to the problem, considering that fan involvement is such a big part of the NBA All-Star game… (continued)
Who do you think should be the starting point guard for the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star game? Is there any way the NBA could fix the flaws in All-Star voting? Let me know in the comments section.