Russell Westbrook Was Somehow Not Named an All-Star Starter, and NBA Twitter Reacted

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Russell Westbrook is on the verge of having one of the all-time greatest years in NBA history. If the season ended tomorrow, Westbrook would likely be handed the MVP award with little resistance. Through 44 games played, he is still averaging a triple-double for the season. It’s almost unthinkable, really, but there it is — 30.6 points per game, 10.6 rebounds, and 10.4 assists.

Amazingly though, Westbrook couldn’t even earn himself a starting spot on the Western Conference All-Star team when the teams were announced earlier this week. Blame democracy, because the fan vote (which counts for 50 percent of the tally) had Westbrook in third place for guards, behind Steph Curry and James Harden. The media and the players vote (which count for 25 percent each) both had Westbrook in first place, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the popularity contest of the fan vote.

Naturally, social media had a lot of fun with the bogus selection process, including many fellow NBA players.

The obvious lesson is that you should never let fans vote for anything. Of course, Westbrook will still be a member of the All-Star team as a coach’s selection, and is probably the odds-on-favorite to win the MVP award for that game too.

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