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CHICAGO It’s a month before the NBA All Star Weekend begins, and Monday was the day that voting for the game ended for fans and media members who were fortunate enough to get a ballot.

That responsibility was not taken lightly, which is why we’re unveiling our vote here and this would be your cue to tell me why I’m an idiot for not putting Russell Westbrook among my All Star starters.

Mainly, who wouldn’t want to see a battle between Seth Curry and Stephen Curry in the 3 Chinese Wholesale Jerseys
point contest? If there is a brain in the NBA front office, and we know there are a few up there, this would be a nice twist to the shootout. Hopefully, both Currys will agree to it.

Other than that, the Mavericks probably have only one chance to send somebody to the All Star weekend: Dorian Finney Smith.

Harrison Barnes is their best player this season, and he’s averaging 20.7 points. But he has no chance of being voted into an All Star reserve slot by the coaches because of the Mavericks’ poor record.

Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gobert, Karl Anthony Towns, Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan and Gordon Hayward all would rate ahead of Barnes this season in any All Star vote for front court players.

The Mavericks have no dunkers who would justify picking for the slam contest, so that honor is a goner.

That leaves the 3 point contest and the rookie sophomore game, assuming that’s the way the league does it this year in the Rising Stars Challenge that last year featured international vs. first and second year players.

Justin could be considered for the Rising Stars Challenge. But Finney Smith, who started most of the first half of the season, probably stands a better chance since the rookie class is relatively weak.

Mavericks fans shoot root for the Curry Curry long distance shootout.

All those events will be disclosed soon enough. Usually by the end of January those participants are announced.

But what about the All Star starters?

OK, about that Westbrook snub, for me it all came down to record.

Oklahoma City has done well, but Houston has exceeded every expectation anybody had for new coach Mike D’Antoni’s team.

They are solidly the third seed in the Western Conference and pushing the for the Southwest Division.

James Harden is the reason. He’s the new Steve Nash of the Western Conference. Remember, it was D’Antoni whose system raised Nash to MVP status. It could be doing the same for Harden.

Plus, if Mark Cuban says Westbrook isn’t a superstar, who are we to argue?

Beyond that, the other Western Conference selections were pretty simple. Stephen Curry is obvious. And that means Westbrook will be the easiest coaches’ choice in history.

Among big men, Davis, Leonard and Durant were the clear choices. And no, Barnes did not get consideration, although Towns, Green, Cousins, Rudy Gobert and Gasol did.

In the Eastern Conference, I confess I have Greek Freak itis. Giannis Antetokounmpo got my choice in the front court alongside Andre Drummond and LeBron James.

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