The NBA have expanded the All-Star ballot to accommodate every player from every team as the sport looks to modernise.
In previous seasons 60 players were selected from each conference to take part in the ballot. The list was chosen by broadcasters and media personalities and fans voted from that list.
However, the NBA have expanded the choice and fans can now choose any player from any team to take part in the All-Star game. Balloting will begin on Thursday December 11.
The change was announced yesterday by NBA President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn.
He explained: “Our players are the most exciting athletes in the world. Our choice to include all NBA players is both a tribute to their skills and achievements.”
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Balloting begins next month and the superstars of the NBA, such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, are already favourites to be selected.
Thorn added the previous selection format will remain, as fans will pick two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. The bench will be determined by the coaches who will organise the final seven All-Star spots for each team.
The NBA decided to make the switch to streamline the voting process with their new all-digital voting system. Fans will be able to vote via a range of social media sites including; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and NBA’s own Game Time.
It is also believed that fans will still be able to vote at games and the All-Star game will be promoted across all NBA arenas.
Thorn explained the new system gives fans “another way to engage in the full experience of the NBA All-Star by giving them every option.”