All-NBA Selections Don't Add Up, Part IIOther observers have noticed what I mentioned here in my previous post: the All-NBA selections do not add up, literally--especially the First Team votes. The NBA has admitted to at least one clerical error, stating that Amare Stoudemire's point total is 351, not 494 as originally reported (I went back and edited my previous post so that it will be accurate from a historical standpoint). That means that LeBron James finished in the top five but was relegated to the Second Team based on position.
Considering that the voters were left to their own devices to designate which position a player plays, it makes no sense to elevate Stoudemire to the First Team over James. Yao received more First Team votes at center than Stoudemire did and, for all we know, Tim Duncan may have received more votes at center than either Yao or Stoudemire. The First Team should be Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, who clearly were the five best players in the NBA in 2006-07. Those five players received the most overall votes and the most First Team votes in the balloting. The official team has two power forwards--one of whom, Duncan, plays like a center--and a center, while my team would have a power forward, a small forward and Duncan.
posted by David Friedman @ 6:18 PM