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Kobe Bryant’s All-Star starting spot is such bologna, right? Kobe deserves to be nowhere near that honor, and his success in the fan vote totally robbed the next-highest vote getter… Zaza Pachulia.

When the NBA announced its All-Star starters, the biggest surprise was the performance of Pachulia, who finished ahead of Draymond Green and only 14,000 votes behind Kawhi Leonard for the final Western Conference starting spot.

Pachulia actually got the most votes of any center in either conference, and you probably can’t name what team he’s on.

Actually, 31-year-old Zaza Pachulia is against all odds having the best season of his career, is averaging a double-double (10.5 points, 10.8 rebounds) on 48.1% shooting for the surprisingly competitive Mavericks.

If he played in the Eastern Conference, Pachulia’s All-Star vote total would have placed him second among frontcourt players, and he would have cracked the top three in the West if not for Kobe’s influx of lifetime-achievement votes.

What a world.

About Alex Putterman

Alex is a writer and editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. He has written for The Atlantic, VICE Sports,, and more. He is a proud alum of Northwestern University and The Daily Northwestern. You can find him on Twitter @AlexPutterman.