The NBA released its initial returns for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game on Christmas Day. The Washington Wizards did not fare well in returns, as John Wall was fifth among backcourt players and Marcin Gortat was 14th in the first round of results:
|Eastern Conference Backcourt|
|1||Dwyane Wade (Mia) 300,595|
|2||Kyrie Irving (Cle) 138,191|
|3||Kyle Lowry (Tor) 128,131|
|4||Jimmy Butler (Chi) 111,220|
|5||John Wall (Was) 103,094|
|6||Derrick Rose (Chi) 72,709|
|7||DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 69,042|
|8||Jeremy Lin (Cha) 61,832|
|9||Isaiah Thomas (Bos) 45,014|
|10||Nicolas Batum (Cha) 20,596|
|Eastern Conference Frontcourt|
|1||LeBron James (Cle) 357,937|
|2||Paul George (Ind) 283,785|
|3||Andre Drummond (Det) 148,278|
|4||Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 132,119|
|5||Pau Gasol (Chi) 109,585|
|6||Kevin Love (Cle) 92,177|
|7||Chris Bosh (Mia) 91,896|
|8||Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 85,606|
|9||Hassan Whiteside (Mia) 72,923|
|10||Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 25,926|
|11||Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 12,341|
|12||Joakim Noah (Chi) 10,808|
|13||Paul Millsap (Atl) 10,501|
|14||Marcin Gortat (Was) 9,443|
|15||DeMarre Carroll (Tor) 8,885|
The bottom line why Wall, Gortat, and the rest of the Wizards aren't ranking well this year is simple. They simply haven't played well and are fifth place in the Southeast Division with a 13-14 record on Christmas Day.
It also doesn't help when you consider the fact that the Wizards aren't a team that is a "have" with an A-list superstar, a la Dwyane Wade or LeBron James among others. I'm not saying that the Wizards lack a franchise player or a superstar, Wall is the "outsider superstar" in many ways.
The good news about these early returns is that we have time to change things. Jared Dudley took notice of that:
Can anybody send me the link to vote for the @NBA All Star game please?!!!!!! Just saw the totals and something needs to be done!!!!!! lol— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) December 25, 2015
Wall isn't TOO far off from Kyrie Irving who is second among Eastern Conference backcourt players in initial returns. It'll be an uphill battle for Gortat or anyone else to make the All-Star team as a starter, but you never know what can happen if the Wizards get on a big winning streak in the coming days.
What can you do to make sure your votes count? Click on this link to retweet for EVERY WIZARDS PLAYER and get the whole scoop on how this #NBAVOTE game works.
You can't complain when Wall or any other Wizards player is doing poorly in the returns when you're not doing your part to vote as well. So let's get it done!