The NBA players and media join fans on determining starters for the All-Star game set in February.
This is the first time in NBA history that player and media are part of the voting process. They provided more details about this decision from their press release according to CBS Sports:
“Fans were first given the opportunity to vote for NBA All-Star starters during the 1974-75 season. This year, the league will extend the platform to include two other important constituents of the game — NBA players and NBA media. Fans will account for 50 percent of the vote, while all current players and a panel of basketball media will account for 25 percent each.
Players and media will be able to complete one full ballot, featuring three frontcourt players and two guards from both the Eastern and Western Conference. Players may vote for their teammates or themselves.”
This may solve a lot of problems moving forward. Many complaints around the league were on certain players getting into the All-Star even if they had a great statistical start of the season. But this is more opinionated than politically corrected.
This season 50 percent of the fans will account for the votes. 25 percent each goes to players and media. Let’s see how it plays out for this season as everyone will get to see which players voted for themselves and others.