The NBA All-Star balloting system obviously rewards players who are popular among fans and it seems that John Wall was disappointed on how the fans voted by letting Kyrie Irving – who only played a total of 3 games as of December 28, 2015 – gain a lead over him by around 35,000 votes
“It’s a joke,” Wall told CSNmidatlantic.com
“I played like horseshit the first month and a half but I still was averaging like 16 and eight. That’s not bad numbers.”
Numbers don’t lie. Wall had been averaging 19.5 points, 9.7 assists and 2.1 steals in their first 28 games while Kyrie Irving – who just returned from injury – had been finishing 10.0 points, 3.3 assists and 1 steal in 3 games.
Not only that, Wall finds himself 5th in the All-Star selection for the Eastern Conference guards behind Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) and Jimmy Butler).
In terms of the team’s record, the Cleveland Cavaliers – despite their 2 game losing streak after Christmas – are still on top of the Eastern Conference standings with a 19-9 record while the Washington Wizards find themselves in 10th place.
Wall, who had a rough November, is now doing 22.8 points and 11.8 assists in 14 games in December.
“I guess it’s the record. No offense Kyrie, he’s played (three) games,” Wall said.
“If he was healthy he probably would be in that position because he’d be playing well. I can see him there because that’s how talented he is.”
On top of the voting of the NBA Eastern Conference guards sits Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, who will probably win by a landslide with more than 300,000 votes but Wall’s numbers are obviously better than Wade’s 18.7 points, 4.4 assists and a steal in 34 games.
With the fans voting on who they want to see as a starter in the NBA All-Star game, John Wall might need to work on ‘popularity’ points to get him to win it but right now, for him – in game statistics are more important than that.