I am completely not surprised that Marcin Gortat finished 5th on the West Center voting list (behind Bynum, DeAndre Jordan, Marc Gasol and Nene). Our team is rather small market and is performing horribly in the first part of the season.
What I was a little surprised by was the fact that he was completely disregarded by all the analysts rambling about "who deserved to go", "who should go in the future" and all other honorable mentions.
As I see it Gortat is an All-Star Conundrum. In all fairness All-Star Game is a show - and Gortat is an anti-highlight. I know that one might argue that stats and performance should get you into the All-star Game but we all know it's BS.
If you take a look at stats for West and East C's Gortat is waaay ahead of some of the other guys in most stats:
1st in the league FG%, 5th overall in Double Doubles, 3rd among Centers in scoring, 4th in rebounding.
Again, not that I am shocked by this omission - he is by no means a star, but rather a hard-working guy producing at a very high level without making sensational plays.
Do you guys think he will ever be an All-Star? and what does it really mean?
My projection of his stats for the end of this year: 17/11/2 with FG% above 55%. Does it mean he is a Top 5 center?
IMO his value to the team he plays on is comaprable to Bynum's (because of his superior durability) behind only Howard and Gasol. What do you guys think?