The recently amended voting process got it right folks — Anthony Davis will represent the Pelicans as a starter in the upcoming 2017 All-Star Game set to take place here in New Orleans next month!
This will mark Davis’ fourth selection to the event and his second as a starter. Two years ago, he was named a starter to the event held in New York City, but he failed to make an appearance due to a strained shoulder and was replaced by Dirk Nowitzki.
Davis will take his place on the floor in the Smoothie King Center alongside Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard. The Eastern Conference starting lineup will feature LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler and DeMar DeRozan.
Had fan support still accounted for 100% of the vote like in years past, Zaza Pachulia, a player averaging 5.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in under 20 minutes a game, would have been named one of the five Western Conference starters to play in the prestigious game on Sunday, February 19th. An overwhelming bias — predominantly fueled by the entire country of Georgia — would have been to blame, and the skewed populous would have committed the most egregious mistake in All-Star game history.
Fortunately, the NBA had the necessary foresight to change the rules after Pachulia came within approximately 14,000 votes of being named a starter to the 2016 team. From Pelicans fans all over the world, thank you!