Zion Williamson Injured and All-Star Game Start: Makes Sense?

This is the debate of early 2023. Well, we might be stretching it a bit, but it should give you an idea of ​​the level of injustice felt on the streets of Sac Town this Friday: Zion Williamson will be in the 2023 All-Star Game despite playing just 29 games midway through the season. No Domantas Sabonis starting at five. It is widely called and widely discussed.

On paper, there may not have been such an argument.

Domantas Sabonis averaged 45 of Sacramento’s 47 games. 18.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, 7.3 assists on 61% shooting and the best plus/minus of the team with… +223. The big added value was undoubtedly the first responsible for Sac Town’s 3rd place finish in the West: we didn’t think Tyrese Haliburton could make the departure profitable. Understand that Arvydas’ son is about to send the Kings to the playoffs sixteen seasons of famine. We have been booking for Noirmoutier since mid-April 2007 and have not offered any starred titu places. franchise player responsible for this change? There is still work to be done, the collective record is “only” 27 wins to 20 losses, Dom Sabonis – seriously – is not yet on the verge of dispatching the Kings. the postseason. But NBA observers of the last decade are unanimous: this is Sacramento’s dynamic and background new look there is something different. So much so that De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis drew the cover of the latter Slam magazine. The harmless, but still telling, Lithuanian became the 6th player in Kings history to be released every two months (source: a guy on Twitter). Then something new. Freshness waterfall. And yet we still prefer the Right Honorable Sion Williamson.

Of the Pelicans’ 49 games, Zion Williamson played only 29. Not right now (and as of January 3rd), maybe the All-Star game can’t be played. However, the averages are grain-fed: 26 points on 61% shooting, 7 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.1 steals and the second-best plus/minus of the team with… +149. Again, a very effective player. In his absence – ahead of Brandon Ingram – the Pelicans have a negative record of 9 wins for 11 losses. Basically, it’s not too shabby to send Zion Williamson to the team, considering he’s only played 59% of his team’s games. starting at five Western Conference All-Stars. But the problem is that he played only 59% of his team’s games. The player ranked him 3rd in the voting front yard (so titu), the media and fans took him out of the top five at No. 4, followed by LeBron James, Nikola Jokic and Anthony Davis for the fans and Nikola Jokic, LeBron James and Domantas Sabonis for the media. In fact, Domantas Sabonis, who gathered all the votes together, comes only in 5th place front yard from the west.

But why do we plead more for the Lithuanian causeAnthony Davis and Lauri Markkanen Is it more legitimate based on the results of the votes?

A leader of the franchise at the top of the table, the savior of the Kings, a player who participated in almost every match: everything we summarized above. AD has only played 26 games and the Lakers are outside the Top 10, with the fan vote ranking them 3rd. Lauri Markkanen is an undisputed and undisputed All-Star, but the Jazz’s record (25-26) doesn’t earn him the starting spot usually reserved for individual teams. claimants. Dom brings it all together. The most complete file : more perfect than even Zion. No scandal, but questions. Why did the players only rank him 5th? Is he paying for his European passport (9th fan vote)? M’enfin, tenure is only a very small line in the list. Wikipedia doesn’t even list it. There is no doubt that a “simple” All-Star selection and Sac Town in the playoffs will be enough to please the Prince of Vilnius.

Still, the fans did everything. If we had to analyze the results of the All-Star Game voting a little more brutally, it would. But at the same time, if all the players were in their place, why would we be bored? He gossips there. It unites and separates friends. We meet at the corner bar to explain the unthinkable. Long live sports. Live the life.

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