The leaders of both the Eastern and Western Conference players for the second returns from the 2011 NBA All-Star voting program were recently announced and, as was the case last season, the results provide salient evidence of the system’s fatal flaw.

A glaring example of this assertion is the fact that Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is the overwhelming leader in votes for Western Conference centers, despite averaging 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in the only five games he’ll play this entire season.

Currently, the injury-plagued Ming, the third-leading vote getter in the Western Conference, has garnered nearly 300,000 more votes than his closest competitor, which happens to be Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum; the same Andrew Bynum who’s played in only nine games to the tune of 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.  

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