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NBA News: NBA to Remove Center Position from All-Star Ballot Reviewed by Momizat on . After weighing the pros and cons over the summer, the NBA has decided to make a drastic change to the voting process for All-Star games. Reportedly, the league After weighing the pros and cons over the summer, the NBA has decided to make a drastic change to the voting process for All-Star games. Reportedly, the league Rating:
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NBA News: NBA to Remove Center Position from All-Star Ballot

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After weighing the pros and cons over the summer, the NBA has decided to make a drastic change to the voting process for All-Star games.

Reportedly, the league will no longer have the center position on the ballot according to David Aldridge of NBA.com:

“The league will announce Wednesday a change to its All-Star ballot that will, for the first time, allow fans to vote for three undefined “frontcourt” players instead of having to vote for two forwards and a center. With more and more teams playing smaller than in the past, the definition of “center” was becoming increasingly difficult — not to mention finding enough quality big men for whom to vote.”

On November 13, the league will debut the new-look ballot for the 2013 All-Star Game. This season’s All-Star game is scheduled to be played on February 17 on the Houston Rockets’ home floor of the Toyota Center.

As a result of the new rule the NBA is implementing, voters will not be forced to pick two forwards and one center. Instead, the league will let fans pick three frontcourt players rather than restricting the three votes to two separate positions.

The reasoning behind the new All-Star ballot is not to limit fans to vote for players at the center position.

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Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh and Tim Duncan are the first players to come to mind as they have basically played the center position for the majority of their careers in the league, but are listed at power forward. With no restrictions on voting positions in the frontcourt, more forwards will get an opportunity to make All-Star appearances rather than an unworthy center taking the spot of a more deserving forward.

Ironically enough, after the Los Angeles Lakers traded Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers and received Dwight Howard in return, the consensus was that these two would battle it out as the starting centers in the All-Star Game for many years to come.

It’s safe to say that Howard will continue to be voted the starter of one of the three frontcourt players in the West, but Bynum may end up taking a backseat to superstar-caliber forwards in the Eastern Conference.

A few big-names that come to mind in the East are Bosh, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Josh Smith. The first three mentioned may ultimately become the starters for the East in February leaving Bynum to come off the bench or battle for a spot on the All-Star roster with Garnett, Paul Pierce, Luol Deng, Roy Hibbert, Danny Granger, Al Horford and Nene Hilario.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/VillainV3 Khalif Stolden

    This is unnecessary, it won’t improve the experience of the All-Star game and the only thing that will actually be affected is that now if a big man that might have been voted in like Chris Bosh, will lose out to a more popular “Front Court” player of another position i.e. Carmelo Anthony, and takes away from the coaches choices because they’ll have to sacrifice a choice to ensure they have the right player for the right positions

  • http://www.facebook.com/waterpoloplyr557 Matt Wright

    stern strikes again. the number of all star appearances a player has officially does not matter anymore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dj-DoubleOseven-Jackson/100000319223575 D.j. DoubleOseven Jackson

    the only reason they doing this is because , they wanted Kevin Love to participate last year but he didnt get enough votes
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wayne-Nagata/100002235363479 Wayne Nagata

    This is an outrage!  Then they should eliminate the center position in the NBA. 2 guards and three forwards.  Forward should get more votes because of the larger number of Forwards. This is a dumb move by the NBA and make me as dumb for bothering to comment on this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1355111600 Howard Lew

    David Stern…how many more years???

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