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Posted at 3:51 PM ET, 11/18/2010

Andray Blatche omitted from Eastern Conference all-star ballot

By Michael Lee

John Wall, Gilbert Arenas and JaVale McGee all made the 2011 NBA all-star ballot, helping the Wizards secure the minimum three players from each team. But there was one noticeable omission for anyone who has been keeping track of the Wizards since they traded away Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler at the trade deadline last season: Andray Blatche.


How could I be left off the ballot? (AP Photo

Late last season, when Blatche had 24 points and 9 rebounds against the Atlanta, Hawks forward John Smith walked up to Blatche and gave him a hug. Blatche said Smith told him, "You're an all-star in this league."

Blatche certainly put up all-star numbers in the final 32 games -- 22.1 points and 8.3 rebounds -- and outplayed perennial all-star Kevin Garnett on two occasions. But his production last season, and expected role as an offensive focal point this season, wasn't enough to garner the respect of the committee of NBA writers and broadcasters that selected forwards for the Eastern Conference ballot.

Now, the only way Blatche would get voted onto the all-star team next February in Los Angeles is through a write-in campaign.

Arenas is a three-time all-star. Wall was an obvious choice, being the No. 1 overall pick. And McGee was most likely selected since he dominated summer league and was one of the last cuts off Team USA. So, those three choices -- if that's all the Wizards could get -- make sense.

Blatche was never going to get voted onto the all-star team, with LeBron James and Garnett having a stranglehold on those forward slots the past few years. But it is certainly a slight for the Wizards' best low post scorer; a guy who has led them in scoring four times this season.

Blatche was left off the ballot, while leaving on such players as Thaddeus Young, Troy Murphy and Corey Maggette -- who don't start for their teams -- and Linas Kleiza -- who was in Greece last season. J.J. Hickson, who is starting for the first time in his career in Cleveland, is also on the ballot with Jamison. Of course, Utah's Paul Millsap was also left off the ballot, so Blatche is in decent company there.

By Michael Lee  | November 18, 2010; 3:51 PM ET
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Comments

Who decides who is on the ballot?

Posted by: sagaliba | November 18, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

This is the best thing to happen to Dray since AJ got traded. I hope he uses this flagrant diss from the league as fuel to step up his play.

Thaddeus Young on that ballot is pure comedy.

Posted by: elfreako | November 18, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The 120 players on the ballot were selected by a panel of media who regularly cover the NBA: J.A. Adande (ESPN.com), Marv Albert (TNT), Art Garcia (NBA.com) Marc Spears (Yahoo! Sports), Doug Smith (The Toronto Star) and Ian Thomsen (Sports Illustrated).

Ballot for 2011 NBA All-Star Game unveiled

Posted by: djnnnou | November 18, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Yet he still believes he should be an all star. Even worse, he thinks he belongs in the 3 point contest.

Posted by: bryc3 | November 18, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Yes he is disappointing me this days,I still think it has something to do with his foot injury.I do not think he is an all star but for sure ,he is much better than Thaddeus young ,M ageggete and kleiza, JJ hikson is much better than him.

Posted by: gtefferra | November 18, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

This seasons performance does not warrant his inclusion on the all star ballot. He is recovering from an injury that has not completely allowed him to play his game. His stamina is off and on some nights against some opponents he is outplayed. Arenas does not warrant being on the ballot either. McGee may be close, but not yet. Three players from each team is a crock. All-Star means the best in the game at that position. By the end of the year I could see Blatche, Arenas, Wall, McGee and Thornton in consideration if they continue to progress. Thats a long way from where they are now. This team needs some strength. Arenas said, and I agree, that the Celtics are built to win it all. They are loaded up and down the lineup. We could stick with them if there was some available beef with skills in the middle to take the pressure off of McGee. He is talented but is not strong enough against teams with a big center and backup help. Our guys are finesse and that works sometimes, but in the EAST we need a beast.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | November 18, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

If Agent Zero isn't coming to CLE, than how come LeBron's mom just rubbed up to her best stick of deodorant?

http://hoopstopia.com/crazy-trade-of-the-day-3/

Posted by: janglesjr | November 18, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

What possible difference could this make? He had zero chance of getting voted in by the fans. For all intents and purposes the All-Star ballot is meaningless anyway. I they picked the starers based on jersey sales at the NBA store they' end up with pretty much the same team.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 18, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Sports Illustrated says there's one stunning omission to the NBA All-Star ballot, and it isn't Andray -- it's Paul Millsap.

http://nba-point-forward.si.com/2010/11/18/one-huge-gaffe-on-2011-all-star-ballot/?eref=sihp

Posted by: Samson151 | November 18, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

The Suns are struggling again tonight, in Orlando, behind by 20 with 6 minutes left in the second quarter.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 18, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, well, I'm as deserving of being an All-Star as Blatche is, and I'm not on the ballot either.

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | November 18, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Murphy and Kleiza are representing teams with the minimum three players. Hard to see why Blatche is more deserving than the others.

Ben (NYC)

Is Blatche ever going to figure out he should hit the glass?

David Thorpe (12:47 PM)

Honestly, he's the laziest great talent guy in the league. The single worst defensive player I've seen so far this year, but extremely hard to guard on offense.

Washington’s defense is atrocious. Have you ever seen a player less interested in defending a pick-and-roll than Andray Blatche? Please, watch for yourself:

It's also hard to see why Detroit has 5 players, Stuckey, Gordon, Hamilton, Prince and Wallace.

Posted by: djnnnou | November 18, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, djnnnou. SO it is selected by 6 people.

Posted by: sagaliba | November 18, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Tyson Chandler was left off in favor of Haywood?

Posted by: djnnnou | November 18, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Blatche does NOT deserve to be on the ballot! Even if he was, I could see him with the fewest votes. Why should there be room for a seven footer that won't play in the low post or mix it up in the paint. Under achieving big men rarely make the allstar team but I guess it would give him another reason to party and kick it at the club! I'm just saying!

Posted by: zack5 | November 18, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

"

Sports Illustrated says there's one stunning omission to the NBA All-Star ballot, and it isn't Andray -- it's Paul Millsap.

http://nba-point-forward.si.com/2010/11/18/one-huge-gaffe-on-2011-all-star-ballot/?eref=sihp

Posted by: Samson151 | November 18, 2010 9:00 PM "

Best part of that article is that it links to this one:

http://nba-point-forward.si.com/2010/11/18/wizards-embarrassng-d-joins-elite-club/

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 18, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Millsap has about the same chance of being voted in by the fans as Blatche, but his chances of getting selected by the coaches are significantly better.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 18, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

@sagaliba

I think the panel changes every year. Marc Stein was getting grief last year.

Posted by: djnnnou | November 18, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

This is the best thing to happen to Dray since AJ got traded. I hope he uses this flagrant diss from the league as fuel to step up his play.

I doubt it. Blatche leans towards being somewhat delusional, fueled by his ego. Lack of urgency for practice. Plays a handful of great games and then feels slighted by his contract.

When Arenas feels this underappreciated, he hits the gym to take jumpers. Blatche feels like the victim.

Posted by: crs-1 | November 18, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

These guys - men - have to motivate themselves. Or not. They're adults, highly paid, with coaches that they can mostly ignore since they have guaranteed contracts. Yes, many players are pros but not all.

Unless the coach is an elite one - a Jackson or Popovich - that can get through to the players, the players will do their own thing.

This is why the "Saunders needs to coach them better" line just doesn't work for me. Yeah, he's a mediocre coach but a good coach isn't going to make that much of a difference with this team.

It's a players league and they determine how a team does (broadly speaking).

Posted by: SteveMG | November 18, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I've got unlimited texting. I'm sending a text everyday for the Wiz three. Stuff the ballot box baby.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 18, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh, by the way, I'm adding Haywood to the list.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 18, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh, by the way, somebody tell Kalo and Samson that players can be voted for only, no coaches.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 18, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I cannot comment on any of the other players, but if last night's game was any indication of his game,he doesn't belong on the all-star team. He doesn't need to be a starter on the Wizards team. He consistently shot off-balanced shots and a good number of three pointers. Who needs that? We've got plenty of jump shooters, but few except JaVale who is willing, able, and actually does work in the paint, going to the basket.
This next statement may have some of you scratching your head, but Andray is reminding of a player who was a favorite of mine as a college player and then totally perplexing, and not a favorite as a pro because his game always seemed counter productive to the success of the team. Patrick Ewing. John Thompson coached him right. The pro's didn't. He was always taking off-balanced shots and leaving himself out of position and had no teamates who could compensate for him.

JaVale plays in the paint, Andray is everywhere and nowhere. Why Flip let's him get away with this, I don't understand.

Ernie said that Flip and Gene Banks coaches the big men. It ain't working!! There needs to be a quality big man coach who can school our bigs with a voice of experience. Bring Unseld back to do it if needed. He was a quality big man at 6-7. He was a beast! This situation is a test for the owner. He wants a young team, and I'm all for that, we do have talent; but it must developed. I don't see that happening.

By the way, I think Arenas is doing a good job. The team needs some tweaking, in the PF position. JaVale is doing a great job in my opinion. He's growing day by day. Andray needs to work his butt off in the paint, and Flip needs to make some adjustments. Yeah, it's early in the season, but the big boys are off and running. I'd like to see more cohesiveness out of the talent we have.

Peace. forgive any misspellings.

Posted by: zbopjazz | November 18, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Blatche has come a long way from the lazy, unfocused player that he was two seasons ago. It wouldn't have mattered what he did against the Celtics last night. Boston was too big, too athletic and too deep to compete with in the low post. If Yi had been available to give him a rest, we would have seen a more competitive game.

But, based on last years effort, we owe it to Andray to write his name in on the NBA ass-star ballot. Blatche owes it to US to consistantly give us everything that he's got between now and February.

Posted by: musicmanjr | November 18, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

That's all-star ballot!

Posted by: musicmanjr | November 18, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

That's all-star ballot!

Posted by: musicmanjr

ROFL! You may have had it right the first time!

Posted by: ts35 | November 18, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Unless the coach is an elite one - a Jackson or Popovich - that can get through to the players, the players will do their own thing.Posted by: SteveMG

Jackson can handle a serious headcase with incredible talent like Artest or the Worm, but neither of those coaches suffer fools. They both have systems in place and get players that fit the system. And any player that doesn't fit gets moved. I think Flip is better than mediocre, top half, but we may never see that in DC because Ernie doesn't empower his coaches in the same way. Eddie Jordan felt that way, and I haven't seen any evidence that things have changed with Flip.

Posted by: djnnnou | November 18, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

"But, based on last years effort, we owe it to Andray to write his name in on the NBA ass-star ballot. Posted by: musicmanjr | November 18, 2010 10:58 PM

I couldn't agree more!!

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 19, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Jackson can handle a serious headcase with incredible talent like Artest or the Worm, but neither of those coaches suffer fools. They both have systems in place and get players that fit the system. And any player that doesn't fit gets moved. I think Flip is better than mediocre, top half, but we may never see that in DC because Ernie doesn't empower his coaches in the same way. Eddie Jordan felt that way, and I haven't seen any evidence that things have changed with Flip.

Posted by: djnnnou | November 18, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Flip ain.t even close to the top half. His results in Detroit and here has been less than mediocre. Look at how Byron Scott and Avery has gotten their teams to play with comparable or even less talented teams.

Posted by: NewManagement | November 19, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

"Flip ain.t even close to the top half. His results in Detroit and here has been less than mediocre. Look at how Byron Scott and Avery has gotten their teams to play with comparable or even less talented teams. Posted by: NewManagement"

This is an odd statement. Byron's been fired by both clubs he coached (NJ/NO). Avery was fired by the Mavs. Both had some very good teams, and were also heavily criticized for embarrassing playoff losses. Byron's '08-09 Hornets, for instance, suffered one of the worst losses in playoff history (close to 60 points).

Cleveland has a nucleus of returning vets from a team that led the NBA in wins the past two seasons. They're 5-5 heading into the NO game. NJ is 4-7.

Accomplished coaches both, who've had their share of good and bad fortune. Their main piece of good luck being that neither is the coach of the current version of the Wizards.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 19, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

George Karl of the Nuggets has apparently benched scorer JR Smith in an effort to get better play and 'more professionalism'. Smith counters that he needs to be on the court in order to show it. Karl says he's not letting Smith on the court until he does what the coach wants.

Mean ol' George Karl.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 19, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

But, based on last years effort, we owe it to Andray to write his name in on the NBA ass-star ballot.
Posted by: musicmanjr

Post of the year!

Still laughing.

Posted by: nmik | November 19, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Flip ain.t even close to the top half. His results in Detroit and here has been less than mediocre. Look at how Byron Scott and Avery has gotten their teams to play with comparable or even less talented teams.Posted by: NewManagement

Do you know how many teams are in the NBA? Throwing two names out there, even if you were correct, wouldn't prove a point. Byron Scott is a very good coach, but Avery headed two historical choke jobs, and then preceded to micromanage Jason Kidd into another first round loss. Flip lost once to Cleveland and twice to the eventual champs in conference finals games. Avery's record pales in comparison.

Posted by: djnnnou | November 19, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Andray the All Star? Far from it. This is a guy that only puts it on against crap teams. Have you seen the defensive effort? He's a soft forward that refuses to work the low block. He loves to take ill timed 3's and get's worked by the quality bigs in the east. Blatche is no where near an allstar. I'm embarassed that this was even brought up.

Posted by: wynnebs | November 19, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Here is an example of his all star effort!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZsgq7uGRpI&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: wynnebs | November 19, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Do you know how many teams are in the NBA? Throwing two names out there, even if you were correct, wouldn't prove a point. Byron Scott is a very good coach, but Avery headed two historical choke jobs, and then preceded to micromanage Jason Kidd into another first round loss. Flip lost once to Cleveland and twice to the eventual champs in conference finals games. Avery's record pales in comparison.

Posted by: djnnnou | November 19, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Check Avery's winning percentage. Flip's is skewed because he took over awinning Detoit team and then proceeded to screw it up.

Posted by: NewManagement | November 19, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Avery's record pales in comparison.

Avery has a .720 winning% and a trip to the Finals, "pales" is too strong a word.

Posted by: divi3 | November 19, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

also, at this point all those Dallas 1st round losses are more about Dirk than any coach or supporting player.

Posted by: divi3 | November 19, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Blatche had a few good games at the end of a year in which nothing was expected of him. When the weight of expectations and pressure start to hit him he folds like a cheap tent-as evidenced so far this year. Where are all those numbers from last season? We should have traded him last year when his stock was high.

Posted by: sjp879 | November 19, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

"Check Avery's winning percentage. Flip's is skewed because he took over awinning Detoit team and then proceeded to screw it up. Posted by: NewManagement"

You could accuse Avery of the same thing. Unlike Flip, his winning record was with one team. He was groomed as an assistant to take over the Dallas job from Don Nelson. The Mavs were among the most talented teams in the NBA at the time, and Avery took them deep into the playoffs before losing. But in subsequent seasons the team suffered embarrassing first-round exits (including the legendary collapse against 8-seed Golden State) and Cuban fired Johnson. At the time, Avery was criticized (probably unfairly) for having lost' the team through a martinet-like approach to coaching.

By the way, he's apparently put Troy Murphy on the trade block, using Kris Humphries as the starter.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 19, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

"Check Avery's winning percentage. Flip's is skewed because he took over awinning Detoit team and then proceeded to screw it up."

Posted by: NewManagement | November 19, 2010 9:36 AM

"Screwed it up"? Ridiculous. In his 3 years in Detroit. Saunders won an average of 57 games per year and made it to 3 conference finals. What? Did you expect them to win a title every year? If so, then throw some bile Larry Brown's way, because he whiffed on the chance to repeat.

Seriously, this is nonsense.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 19, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

"Look at how Byron Scott and Avery has gotten their teams to play with comparable or even less talented teams."

Posted by: NewManagement | November 19, 2010 7:08 AM

Wizards: 3-7

Cavs: 5-5

Nets: 4-7

Yeah, Johnson and Scott are running rings around the Wiz. Can't wairt for that Cavs/Nets ECF.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 19, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks the Serial Skirt Chaser is an all star need's get off those meds yeah he can be on the ballot but so can Cartier Martin but neither of them is deserving, Andray Blatche has been enabled his whole NBA career(short as it might be) and when he got a dose of tough love from Eddie Jordan it was EJ who was roundly criticized by some of you who post regularly on this blog. Andray Blatche is an underachiever and until we get a H.C. who will hold him accountable he will always be, i.e. "if i see you go behind your back you'll be sitting next to me on this bench" that display the other night in Boston was pathetic and he wasn't the only one but at this point he should be leading by example he should be the first in the gym and the last to leave every day for anyone to even think he deserves all star consideration is assinine.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 19, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

"also, at this point all those Dallas 1st round losses are more about Dirk than any coach or supporting player."

Posted by: divi3 | November 19, 2010 9:47 AM

Yeah, because having the likes of a geriatric Jason Kidd, a broken down Jerry Stackhouse, a hobbled Josh Howard, or Jason Terry as his second best player doesn't factor into the equation at all.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 19, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, because having the likes of a geriatric Jason Kidd, a broken down Jerry Stackhouse, a hobbled Josh Howard, or Jason Terry as his second best player doesn't factor into the equation at all.

Dirk is a jump shooting big man who plays lousy defense, teams with him as their best player perform as such. The record speaks quite clearly for itself.

Posted by: divi3 | November 19, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Are you people insane? These 3 guys should not be on that ballot let alone Blatche. Look, I realize that some folks think the Bullets are going to be good every year. But you are delusional. They are not. Nor will they be any time soon. Now that they have a better owner, they at least have a shot of building in years from now. But the biggest problem they have always had is getting players with attitude issues that think that they are better than they are (see Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, Arenas, Blatche, Kwame Brown, and the list keeps going). Get players who play to win, not for their own stats, learn to play defense, and shut the hell up until you do.

Posted by: Mstreicker | November 19, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

It really doesn't make any difference who on the Wizards team gets put on the ballot. Unless the coaches vote for them, they don't stand a chance and that's because no fans see them play except for Washington fans. Sure, Laker fans may see them once a year when they play out there. The problem is the lower tier teams don't get seen on a regular basis by fans around the country because they're not shown on ESPN or TNT. The only teams seen consistently nationwide are the Lakers, Celtics, and Heat. Seeing a team play once or even twice a year offers no basis as to whether they are really all-stars so the no-names never get selected by the fans. Of course, I don't know who Thaddeus Young or Troy Murphy are either so I wouldn't vote for them. Do they play for the Lakers, Celtics or Heat?

Posted by: juliagraffam | November 19, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Who are the losers that voted "no he hasn't earned it yet"? Has Wall "earned it"? Has McGee "earned it"? Has Linas Kleiza "earned it"?

Posted by: Barno1 | November 19, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, by the way, somebody tell Kalo and Samson that players can be voted for only, no coaches.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 18, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse"

Hey Kalo and Samson-- Larry says players can be voted for only, no coaches. Whatever that means.

Posted by: Urnesto | November 19, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

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