After carefully weighing both sides of the argument, the NBA is ready to re-cast its ballot.
The league is set to tweak its All-Star Game balloting process, doing away with position designations for forwards and centers and instead asking fans to vote for three “frontcourt” players, according to NBA.com.
The website said the announcement is scheduled for Wednesday and the change is based on the more nebulous definition of player positions in NBA lineups and a reaction to San Antonio’s routine designation of Tim Duncan — a listed power forward who often played like a center.
“It makes sense,” vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said to NBA.com. “It made sense to our competition committee. Having a center is the only specific position that was singled out on the ballot. It just seemed a little outdated and didn’t represent the way our game has evolved. By the same token, it also affords the same opportunity, if you have two good centers in a given year, pick ’em both. They both can be selected. Which is impossible right now.”
The NBA is scheduled to debut the 2013 All-Star ballot on Nov. 13 with the All-Star Game slated for Feb. 17 at Houston’s Toyota Center.
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