Paul Millsap Not on 2011 All-Star Ballot

As reported by a number of sources (but most notably via Twitter by @diggitbrother), Paul Millsap will not be on this year’s All Star Ballot when it’s released later today. While this looks like a blatant snub, the All-Star ballot has long had a history of being out of sync with recent events when its released. The most notable example of this is Magic Johnson and that the 1992 All-Star ballot. The ballot was finalized shortly before November 7, 1991, when Johnson announced that he had contracted the HIV viruses and would be immediately retiring from basketball. Still the ballots had already been printed and distributed, so the NBA went ahead with the voting, assuming that the fans were well aware that Magic was no longer playing and vote for someone else.

Fans surprised the league, however, by proceeding to vote Magic in as a starter, presumably as a post-retirement tribute to his career. The news of this ballot oversight/fan reaction impressed Magic, and after considerable medical evaluations by his doctors and the league, he elected to come out of retirement to play that one game. He earned the MVP by scoring 25 points and dishing out 9 assists in 29 minutes.

It’s easy to assume that this year’s All Star Ballot was set and sent to the printers well before Millsap’s 46 point career night against the Heat. To be fair, Millsap *was* averaging 20.3 PPG and 11.7 RPG prior to said monster night, but what are you going to do?

The important thing now is that Millsap still has a good chance to play in this year’s All Star game. I encourage all of you to write in Millsap whenever you get the opportunity.

We can do this. Here’s the ballot for the All-Star game.

Write in Paul Millsap for this year’s All-Star Game.

UPDATE: Art Garcia, a contributor for NBA.com and a member of the panel that determined the ballot, has issued an apology to Millsap for the snub.

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~ by djepperson on November 18, 2010.

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