Among other Lakers, Pau Gasol is running second, behind Kevin Durant but ahead of Carmelo Anthony and Dirk Nowitzki, in a wildly competitive group of Western Conference forwards. Lamar Odom, certainly playing All-Star caliber ball, is seventh. Generally speaking, it's hard to complain too much about who the fans have voted for in the early going. If by chance, though, you need evidence fan voting is more popularity contest than well-reasoned judgment of first half excellence- and I don't know why you would- I point to the center position in the Western Conference.
C'mon, people, let's do a little more for the good name of quasi-democracy than this. I realize the crop of pivots on the ballot in the W.C. isn't terribly sexy- from a pure merit standpoint, more justice is done by including Gasol and Tim Duncan as centers, allowing two more slots for deserving guards or forwards- but the list is the list.
Can you blame Nene (15.7 ppg/7.1 rpg, 63.3 FG%) for wondering what he needs to do to get a little love?