The shoo-in All-Star votes for Yao Ming from the land of 1 Billion clouds his achievements and is, to some, an embarrassment.
The recent Yi Jianlian All-Star voting returns, completely unjustified given his production, provides a way to simply net out the China effect on Yao Ming's votes.
Here is what Yi is getting for his 11 points and 6 rebounds in 27 minutes per game:
Yi Jianlian (NJ) 356,556
Here are Yao Ming's votes:
Yao Ming (Hou) 529,290
Here is the China-excluded Yao vote:
Yao Ming (Hou)* 172,734
Keep that number in mind as you cruise through the rest of the West Coast All-star voting.
Steve Nash is not even on my reserve list in the crowded west for PGs. I would give the start to Pau Gasol over Amare. However, I think the semi-retired Shaq is clearly the class of the West Coast Centers and should start this game.
|2009 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING|
|Leaders of the Western Conference in the first returns of NBA All-Star balloting for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix.|