In the real world, Lebron and Yao lead the NBA All-star voting. But let’s take a look at the 2006 fantasy all-stars for the season so far, and how they’d stack up against the “real” ones.
If you took the early All-star voting returns and put together a a starting five for each conference, they would look like this:
|G||Dwyane Wade||Kobe Bryant|
|G||Vince Carter||Tracy McGrady|
|F||Lebron James||Kevin Garnett|
|F||Chris Bosh||Tim Duncan|
|C||Shaquille O’Neal||Yao Ming|
(Note: Allen Iverson was the leading vote-getter among guards in the East, but would only rank third in the West.)
But if we take the top producers at each position, in each conference, from the RotoPoll rankings, our starting fives look like this:
|G||Dwyane Wade||Steve Nash|
|G||Gilbert Arenas||Allen Iverson|
|F||Paul Pierce||Kevin Garnett|
|F||Lebron James||Shawn Marion|
|C||Jermaine O’Neal||Yao Ming|
So actually, there are some significant changes, but overall it’s not that different. Gilbert gets the All-star nod he’s deserved (and been overlooked for) for so long, one O’Neal gets replaced with another, and AI narrowly beats out Kobe in his new conference.
Granted, I’m biased, but I think the RotoPoll starting lineups are better, and more representative of who deserves to be playing in Las Vegas.