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Haywood left off all-star ballot


Maybe you're 13th best. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

The NBA released its ballot for the 2010 All-Star Game on Tuesday and Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler represent the Washington Wizards. But chosen by a panel of six scribes who selected the 120 names, Brendan Haywood isn't one of the 12 best centers in the Eastern Conference. Really?

The list of 12 Eastern Conference centers is Dwight Howard, Shaquille O'Neal, Andrea Bargnani, Andrew Bogut, Tyson Chandler, Al Horford, Brook Lopez, Jermaine O'Neal, Kendrick Perkins, Samuel Dalembert, Brad Miller and Rasheed Wallace. Howard will probably get the nod after getting the most votes last season, but O'Neal will give him a strong push. Everybody else is playing for a distant third. Why not Haywood?

I know Haywood missed 76 games last season and he has no chance of ever getting voted to an all-star team. Haywood was on the ballot last season, but out of sight, out of mind, I guess. He certainly should be on the list if Dalembert is on there. Dalembert?! Former all-stars Miller and Wallace are listed on the ballot and they even don't start for their teams.

The ballot is prepared before the season and player popularity is taken into consideration, but Haywood is averaging 11.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots this season. In the past three games, Haywood is averaging 11.7 points, 13.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocked shots.



By Michael Lee  |  November 10, 2009; 4:28 PM ET
 
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Comments

I think it's worse the Mike Miller was left off the ballot.

Posted by: zinger1 | November 10, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

if he was on the ballot last year and didn't receive a certain amt of votes maybe they left him off this year b/c of it.he's been one of our best and most consistent players this year, but a star he is not. i can see him being chosen by the all star's coach if he keeps playing at a high level.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | November 10, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

The thing is, as you say, the ballots are done before the season. In previous seasons, anyone would have laughed at Haywood being on the ballot. Mabye he'll get some play next year. Especially if he keeps up his level of play this year.

Posted by: original2cents | November 10, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh Geezus. Here we go.

You just had to go and start some s@#t didn't you Michael?

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 10, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

i've never understood why they make the ballots so early.. is it that hard to wait at LEAST one month into the season and then go from there?

Posted by: 3tripleiii | November 10, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

He certainly should be on the list if Dalembert is on there. Dalembert?!

Is it really such an honor to be considered the 12th best center in the east? Why not Hibbert or Noah?

Posted by: djnnnou | November 10, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

If Etan was on the ballot would Brendon punch Oberto?

Posted by: divi3 | November 10, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it has something to do with his stats relative to the other centers.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/statistics?sort=per&qual=true&pos=c&seasonType=2&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnba%2fhollinger%2fstatistics%3fsort%3dper%26qual%3dtrue%26pos%3dc%26seasonType%3d2

Or possibly his inefficiency on offense.

The guy is not an all-star. Why stir the pot?

Posted by: Izman | November 10, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

1) No one averaging 11 ppg should be given all-star consideration unless he's also either (A) a dominant defender or (B) a game-changing playmaker.

2) No 7 foot C whose offensive repertoire is (or should be) limited to dunks and layups should be given all-star consideration when he's shooting a paltry 45% from the field.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 10, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I dont think it's that anyone thinks Haywood is an all-star, so much as it would appear obvious he closer to all-star level play than Chandler and Dalembert.

Posted by: divi3 | November 10, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

The All Star ballot should be comprised of players that were projected to start for their teams. Plain and simple. There is no excuse for a guy who has been the starter here for the better part of a decade is not on an All Star ballot. Haywood could certainly have been the 3rd center chosen if the Wizards had a good record near the break and he was averaging a double double.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 10, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm hearing from my sources that Arenas will not play tonight.

He has a strained calf.

Posted by: elfreako | November 10, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Shaquille O'Neal, Wife Splitting Up

Do you think this affects the Wizzies??????????

Posted by: VBFan | November 10, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Haywood is a back up center on a quality team plain and simple. The fact that there are people who think he belongs on an all-star team shows you how low the expectations have become for Wizard fans.

Posted by: dandyhuffman | November 10, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Cannot believe all the other sports news sites are reporting Arenas is out but the WIZARDS INSIDER has not yet reported it. Would have been nice to know before I placed my bet on the Wizards!

Posted by: Barno1 | November 10, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about all star voting anyway? Yao gets 500 million votes from China. Ginobli gets 30 million votes from Argentina. Nowitzki's good for 30 million in Germany. Haywood isn't all star quality, anyhow. Actually, the Wizards don't really have any players that make you question the system if they don't make the team. Haywood isn't exactly Wilt or Kareem...

Posted by: randysbailin | November 10, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

If you bet on the Wizards to beat Miami with a healthy Dwayne Wade, you've got absolutely no right to question anyone's competency!

Posted by: bryc3 | November 10, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

honestly this is a travesty, in 2007 he had a career year, over 10 ppg and 7 rpg, shot +73% from the FT line (super high % for a true center) - how many double doubles did he have in 07? come on NBA, fess up to your mistake and fix it...

Posted by: destewar | November 10, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

If you bet on the Wizards to beat Miami with a healthy Dwayne Wade, you've got absolutely no right to question anyone's competency!

Posted by: bryc3 | November 10, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Ever heard of this thing called a "point spread"? I did not bet the Wizards to beat Miami you fool, I bet them to beat the spread. 9 1/2 points

Posted by: Barno1 | November 10, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, I'm not even sure I would have taken the points. But hey if calling strangers names make you feel better, then have at it.

Looks like he's gonna play anyway.

Posted by: bryc3 | November 10, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, I'm not even sure I would have taken the points. But hey if calling strangers names make you feel better, then have at it.

Looks like he's gonna play anyway.

Posted by: bryc3 | November 10, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Right after you insinuate I'm incompetent, you complain of being called names. Wow, just wow. Disingenuous much?

Anyhow Arenas is playing after all. Thanks Michael Lee for not reporting that he wasn't going to play and thus allowing me to get the ballooned spread!

Posted by: Barno1 | November 10, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

As I watch Haywood with his 6 pts, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks in the first 8 minutes of the game, I wonder...did he find out today that he was left off the All Star ballot? Dude sure is playing like an All Star so far tonight.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 10, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Not only should he be on the ballot but Brendan Haywood SHOULD BE AN ALL-STAR!

Posted by: p_chuck | November 10, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I was only teasing you, I thought that was implied. But you're getting all defensive, so how about we just forget it.

Focus on how well we're playing. I'll try not to ever make a joke again.

Posted by: bryc3 | November 10, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

P_chuck, agreed. Those who denigrate Haywood's impacteither don't watch this team or did watch them but stopped around 2003. I can't recall a center getting better literally every year they are in the league as much as he has. The Haywood playing today for the Wizards is not the same player who came here in 2001. Today, he is a top 10 NBA center.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 10, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

-Something's got BH playing like a crazy man. 12pts, 5rbs, 5blks at halftime. He sucks!

-Blatche playing great again as well.

-For all the DS haters, he is all over Wade in the first half. Can't guard the guy any better.

Oh yes. Another game another injury. Ridiculous!

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 10, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I credit BTH with Les BouleS being very good on defense so far this season.

All who doubt this imagine how the defense would be without him.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 10, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Heard WTEM talking ad naseum about the Redskins' field goal kicker today.

This is like that.

Who cares.

Posted by: tslats | November 10, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I guarantee he'll be there next year unless he gets injured like the rest of the team.

Posted by: jon_quest | November 11, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

didn's the season just start? Who can tell at this point who's an all star? This is nothing more than a popularity contest. Shaq

Posted by: Gooddad | November 12, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The business about NO firing Byron Scott is about as dumb as the way Danny and Vinnie mess with Zorn and the Redskins. Scott was CVoach of the year in 2007-2008, two years ago. Do you mean to tell me he's forgotten all the basketball, all the coaching skills he had then? Weber doesn't know squat about basketball and Bower hasn't been the head coach of anything. But he's going to have the respect of the players, who for the most part still repected Scott. I can see people bailing out after the season, including, and most importantly, Chris Paul. He and Scott were pretty tight, as much as player and coach can be. But then it helps when your coach has a handful of championship rings..... I see this as another situation where the owners are going to ruin the team, by trying to fix what they don't have a clue about. Weber's remarks wouldn't make me feel too secure about my job, if I were Bower, " he picked them... now he's got to coach them...he has no one to blame but himself here...now he has his chance." Sterling representation of how the owners and the team preesident feel about the coach. I give him two maonths max, unless they begin winning (stranger things have happened). However, I do not see them in the play-offs next spring.

Posted by: flyfisher_20750 | November 13, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

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