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Joel Anthony doesn’t know why he’s on All-Star ballot either

Jan 5, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

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There are usually some real head scratchers when the NBA All-Star Ballot is released, mostly because due to printing logistics the players are selected well before the season starts. Good rookies or breakout players can get left off, injured players are on the list.

But this year things were pretty good, not a lot of obvious oversights.

The one that made people chuckle — you can vote for Heat center Joel Anthony to represent the East. That would be the guy averaging 3.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in Miami. A shot block specialist who is probably the third best shot blocker on his own team.

Anthony doesn’t get it either, he told the Palm Beach Post of his reaction when he heard he was on the ballot.

“I didn’t think they were serious,” Anthony said….

“I don’t know what to say,” Anthony said. “I definitely appreciate it, that they would take me into consideration.”

While there will be a twitter campaign to get Anthony in, the East’s starting center will be Dwight Howard… unless he gets traded to the Lakers. Then the door is wide open for Anthony.

  1. edweird0 - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    As funny as it is, you gotta admit, hes an above average center in terms of what he brings to the table. For all his faults, he definitely has that “it” factor

    • thatboi901 - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Above average at what? Certainly not playing basketball

    • Josh Perez - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM

      Dude can’t even dunk. He is a defense first center because he sucks at everything else.

  2. mgscott - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Joel wants to win not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5…

  3. djanarchy757 - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    i just voted for him!!! hope he starts

  4. goforthanddie - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Really? He doesn’t know why? Really?

  5. 808raiderinparadise - Jan 5, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    and for that … he gets my vote.

  6. stayhigh_247 - Jan 5, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    dam if hes on the list where is Kwame Brown or Andre Blatche?

  7. 00maltliquor - Jan 5, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Funny you write this article, this was the one player on the ballot that made me fall out my seat last night!

    Has anyone else noticed how loaded in talent the West is, especially the forward/gaurd spots!?

    The East is thin, but they have the best starters. The bench will be a crapshoot.
    And is anyone as impressed and shocked to see the season that Kyle Lowry from Houston is having? It was hard to leave CP3 off in favor of Lowry but I had to do it.

  8. lakerluver - Jan 5, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Neither do I and 99.9% of NBA fans understand it!! Dude is horrible!!

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