Westbrook snubbed for All-Star starter

January 16, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) during a stoppage in play against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The 2017 NBA All-Star starters are out and Russell Westbrook is not among them.

A travesty for sure.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry beat out Westbrook for the final guard spot. Houston’s James Harden was the other starting backcourt position.

Westbrook is on track to be the first player since 1961-62 to average a triple-double in a season when Oscar Robertson did it. Westbrook leads the NBA in points per game and is second in assists.

How did this happen? It came down to a tie breaker. The altered voting process this season was Fan vote counted for 50 percent, media was 25 percent and player voting was 25 percent.

Westbrook one the media and player voting by a landslide over Curry and Harden. However, it was almost 300,000 votes in the fan voting that sent Curry over Westbrook. That created a three-way tie between the trio. However, tie breaker was fan voting.

He’ll be named a starter by the coaching staff for the sixth time in his career. That’s a shoe-in. No one has ever asked how many times a player started in the All-Star game. That’s an argument that’s never happened. What may people do realize is that fan voting is fraudulent and nothing but glorified ballot stuffing by each team. That’s no more apparent than seeing that Zaza Pachulia finished sixth in frontcourt voting, despite being 12th in media and 10th in player voting.

Westbrook is averaging 30.6 points, 10.4 assists, and 10.6 rebounds per game.

Don’t be surprised if Westbrook goes bananas and wins a third straight All-Star MVP.

Steven Adams finished the highest in player voting for the Thunder in the front court.

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