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Gilbert Contends For All-Star Berth

Which one is the potential All-Star? Trick question. (By Jonathan Ernst - Reuters)

To complete the trilogy of locally based all-star game voting farces:

1) The 8-8 Redskins boast something like 12 players who led or were second in Pro Bowl voting at their positions.

2) The second-in-the-East Caps get just one All-Star representative, reigning MVP Alex Ovechkin, who has to be chosen as an alternate after he was bypassed by the fans.

3) Gilbert Arenas shows up as the sixth leading vote-getter among Eastern Conference guards in today's release, ahead of such chumps as Joe Johnson. Johnson is averaging 22.5 points, 6.1 assists and 4.8 rebounds, and his team is fourth in the East. Gilbert is averaging 0 points, 0 assists and 0 rebounds, and his team is last in the East. Gilbert, as a matter of fact, has nearly as many votes as Ovechkin finished with.

You want more weirdness? Brendan Haywood is seventh among Eastern Conference centers, ahead of, for example, Emeka Okafor, who is averaging a double-double. Haywood is averaging a Zero-Zero. Haywood also has more votes than, for example, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison, who have the advantage of having actually played basketball this season. Caron is averaging 20-6-4, and yet is not in the Top 10 of Eastern forwards.

Based on all of this, I fully expect that Dmitri Young will be MLB's leading vote-getter this summer.

(And no, Gilbert's not really contending, seeing as how he's got less than a third the votes of Dwyane Wade or Allen Iverson, but still.)

(Assist to the AP's sharp-eyed Howard Fendrich for the tip.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 8, 2009; 1:55 PM ET
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This city is going to cause the end to every All Star contest before this is all said and done, and I can't care less.

Posted by: ChampKind | January 8, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

We should start a voter blitz a la the Skins, Canadiens, etc. and show the true ridiculousness of fan voting by getting Gil and Haywood spots on the All-Star roster. I'd like to see Stern's response.

Posted by: whoyawith | January 8, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised Jason Taylor didn't make the top ten.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | January 8, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

More important wizards news via the onion:

Posted by: -Niv- | January 8, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Arenas is wearing a pair of some pretty sweet socks in that picture.

Posted by: mnmnt_snow | January 8, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me, Epic Vale? Your balls are showing.

Posted by: jamesmottram | January 8, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Vale's balls were taken away by Tapscott.

Posted by: Fundefined | January 8, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

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