Is Kevin Garnett an Undeserving All-Star, or Just Unlikable?

Jonathan WassermanNBA Lead WriterJanuary 18, 2013

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 14: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics yells at the start of the game against the Charlotte Bobcats during the game on January 14, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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It turns out that eliminating the center position on All-Star ballots didn't end up screwing over players after all. The fans did.

I guess Kevin Garnett is more likable than I thought.

The passionate, yet occasionally delusional, NBA fans voted in Garnett for the 15th time, passing over more deserving candidates like Tyson Chandler and Chris Bosh for a starting gig.

If you're going to vote based on numbers, then Chris Bosh is your guy. He's averaging 17.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 54.5 percent shooting, compared to Garnett's 14.6 points, seven rebounds and 51.1 percent shooting.

If you're going to vote based on impact, you go with Tyson Chandler. He's changed the culture of a franchise without much help in his wheelhouse down low. Between protecting the rim, rebounding the ball, finishing lobs and tapping back misses, Chandler's impact on the interior has been invaluable. 

Garnett is accused of manipulation on the court, but not off of it. Somehow, he's managed to convince a fanbase that at 36 years old, he's the third-most deserving frontcourt player in the East.

It would make sense if the Celtics were atop the standings, but they're not. If the playoffs started today, Boston would be a No. 8 seed.

None of it makes sense. Not the decision or the logic that's associated with how it was made.

I'm assuming that Boston fans would run through traffic for Garnett. But fans of other teams? I'm a Knicks fan, and I think I speak for the fanbase when I say that we wouldn't hold the elevator for him if he was running to catch it.

I would have thought that the fanbases of the 28 other teams felt the same way, based on Garnett's glowing ability to instigate.

Either I'm wrong, or Boston has some incredibly dedicated voters. If so, then props to them for getting their man elected.

Voting, whether it be by fans or executives, is always likely to produce questionable results. Ben Affleck won best director at the Golden Globes for his outstanding work on Argo, but he wasn't even nominated for an Oscar in the same category. Try to figure that one out.

Garnett's 15th All-Star appearance speaks to his durability and consistency as a productive NBA player. But that doesn't mean that he deserved to start this year, especially after not even making the team in 2012.