Tracy McGrady sees Mavs rookie Luka Doncic’s All-Star votes as ‘disrespectful’ to likes of Stephen Curry
Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady isn’t happy with the way the All-Star fan voting has gone through the first three returns of balloting, seeing Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic get even more votes than two-time MVP Stephen Curry.
McGrady said as a guest on ESPN’s The Jump:
“This is so disrespectful on all levels of voting. C’mon,” said McGrady. “Not only are they disrespecting the guy that changed this era of basketball in Steph Curry, with Doncic having more votes than Steph Curry. No James Harden? Are you kidding me?
“I’m not saying that Doncic shouldn’t be an All-Star. He should be an All-Star. But to be ahead of these two guys (Harden and Kevin Durant) that are not on this list? They’re not fan favorites, though. KD is not a fan favorite and neither is James Harden, so I understand.”
Luka-mania has taken the NBA by storm, and especially for a fan base like the Mavericks with a large population in the state of Texas — not exactly a surprise that he’s generated that many votes.
The fan vote, however as Brian Windhorst noted, will be balanced out by a 25 percent weight from the players’ ballots and another 25 percent from the media, with all 30 NBA coaches choosing the rest of the teams after the starting lineups have been announced.
Luka Doncic could get the media’s vote, as he has been a big story this season in what has been perhaps the greatest rookie season since LeBron James, but the players tend to vote for veterans and would surely give their nod of approval to the likes of Dwyane Wade in his last season and Derrick Rose, who has become a candidate for Most Improved Player after a resurgent year with the Minnesota Timberwolves.