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Yi Effect Solves China Bias for Yao


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.



Leaders of the Western Conference in the first returns of NBA All-Star balloting for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix.
Player Votes
Tim Duncan (SA) 442,203
Amare Stoudemire (Pho) 370,470
Carmelo Anthony (Den) 327,233
Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 261,952
Pau Gasol (LAL) 260,374
Ron Artest (Hou) 214,063
Bruce Bowen (SA) 121,739
Shane Battier (Hou) 115,981
Josh Howard (Dal) 113,456
Luis Scola (Hou) 82,344
Lamar Odom (LAL) 78,422
Player Votes
Kobe Bryant (LAL) 719,252
Chris Paul (NO) 406,220
Tracy McGrady (Hou) 332,222
Manu Ginobili (SA) 166,981
Jason Kidd (Dal) 162,286
Tony Parker (SA) 161,638
Steve Nash (Pho) 142,410
Jason Terry (Dal) 105,345
Chauncey Billups (Den) 87,172
Brandon Roy (Por) 78,071
Rafer Alston (Hou) 73,613
Player Votes
Yao Ming (Hou) 529,290
Shaquille ONeal (Pho) 227,273
Mehmet Okur (Utah) 162,139
Andrew Bynum (LAL) 155,689
Greg Oden (Por) 71,366
Andris Biedrins (GS) 65,496
Al Jefferson (Minn) 46,242
Tyson Chandler (NO) 39,467
Marcus Camby (LAC) 25,824
Chris Kaman (LAC) 9,104
Brad Miller (Sac) 6,892

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