Pistons' All-star vote totals show some fans and players are delusional

Jan 7, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham (2)
Jan 7, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham (2) / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

You will not be surprised to learn that there will not be any Detroit Pistons playing in the All-Star game.

Shocker, I know.

The league's worst team has not had an All-Star since Blake Griffin in the 2018-19 season. Before him, it was Andre Drummond (x2) and then you'd have to go all the way back to Allen Iverson in the 2008-9 season, who was voted in by fans even though he was undeserving of the honor.

If you want to know why the Pistons haven't won a playoff game since the Obama administration, there is your answer. They've had three All-Stars in the last 15 years, one of whom was washed and voted in because he was popular.

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As a franchise, the Pistons have the 4th-most All-Stars of all time but most of them came well before this current era of ineptitude and failure.

Even though the Pistons are 5-39 and don't have a single player worthy of anything but a scolding, it didn't stop some fans and even some players from casting votes for them.

Detroit Pistons' All-Star votes

If you had to make a case for one player, it would be Cade Cunningham, who did get five votes from players and over 168,000 from fans. If Cade wasn't on the worst team in the league vying for the title of "worst NBA team of all time," he might get some consideration with his 23 points, seven assists and four rebounds per game, but he is. It was nice to see some players recognize Cade's effort even if he got zero votes from the media, which was a theme.

Jaden Ivey got one vote from the players, and Alec Burks got two, but neither of them cracked 10,000 votes from fans, as Ivey got just over 8,500 and Burks received 3,700, further argument that fans should not have a vote.

Killian Hayes, arguably the worst offensive player in the NBA, got over 10,000 votes from fans. Some of these had to be ironic, though there is still a pocket of Killian Stans out there that will defend him like John Snow facing down the hoards in the Battle of the Bastards. I wonder sometimes if we shouldn't be referring these folks to the proper authorities.

Joe Harris got one player vote and I would love to know who that player was and whether his name is Joe Harris.

Stanley Umude, a G-League player, also got a vote from a player. Way to take this seriously, guys!

Jalen Duren didn't get any player or media votes, but he did get over 36,000 from the fans.

James Freaking Wiseman, who is going up against Killian for the worst player in the league award, got a single vote from the players and over 15,000 from fans, presumably ones who need some sort of mental health intervention.

But the funniest one to me was Marvin Bagley III, who received three votes from players, second most on the team behind Cade Cunningham. That means two people other than himself voted for him. Someone must owe MBIII money.

The Detroit Pistons as a whole didn't get a single vote from the media, which shows they are the ones who should probably be doing the voting.

You can see all of the All-Star vote totals here.

Players complain a lot about how the fan vote taints the pool, but the players were just as bad, as some of them voted for guys who are closer to me than they are to the real All-Stars.