But you wouldn’t know it from All-Star fan voting, where Whiteside doesn’t even crack the top 15 among Eastern Conference frontcourt players.
“It’s more so a gimmick,” Whiteside said. “I look at guys and they just do stuff to win the fans over, make jokes on Twitter to get people to vote for them. It ain’t got nothing to do really with talent.”
I quibble with that. Talent matters, and most superstars get votes without begging for them. But for the next class of players – which includes Whiteside – teams and players campaigning can make a difference for otherwise-similar candidates.
But, mostly: Yeah. The real question is why it took Whiteside so long to figure this out.