When balloting ended for the 2015 All-Star game, it seemed to be business as usual for the NBA… until Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban put in his two cents as to why the All-Star voting system is a complete waste of time.
When it was announced that Golden State Warriors sharp-shooter Stephen Curry received the most votes with just over 1.5 million, Cuban claimed that it was proof that fans just aren’t all that excited about All-Star voting.
“In context of everything, that’s no votes,” Cuban said. “That’s such a small number considering all the different options you have to vote that it’s almost embarrassing. It’s just no one’s really looked at it that way. … I mean, think about it. Of all the people who go to games, all the people who watch games globally, to have [1.5] million means that system’s broken. Absolutely, positively broken.”
One can only assume that Cuban was not intending to criticize Curry for his phenomenal feat of surpassing LeBron James in the late stages of voting to become the leading vote-getter. We can assume that, right?
So what are Cuban’s ideas for a better system? He believes that coaches and/or general managers should do the voting for both the starters and reserves.
When asked if he was concerned about the results or the perceived lack of interest in voting, Cuban said, “They go hand in hand. We have that few votes, you’re going to get one team or one player or one part of the world that skews everything. Again, if we were getting 20, 30, 50 million votes, which shows that fans just love it and wanted to participate, that’d be one thing. Then the fans have spoken.
“But when the number of voters isn’t enough to even get anybody to notice … That means basically .01 percent of NBA fans cared enough to vote, and that’s saying every fan voted just once. Probably, if you include global, that means .00001 percent of fans thought enough to vote. That just shows nobody cares.”
Just how uninteresting does Mark Cuban think the current system is?
“S—, nobody even tried to hack it,” Cuban said. “That’s how bored they are. So, yeah, I think it’s time to do away with it because we’re just not getting the response that matters. I don’t know how votes have trended in terms of numbers versus past years, but it’s obviously not something that fans really care about, given the numbers of votes. And if they don’t care about it, we shouldn’t do it. We should find a better way.”