NBA News: Change in All-Star Ballot

Oct 21, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers power forward Lavoy Allen (50) holds the ball against Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

NBA making some changes

Teams are going smaller in their rosters in the last couple of years and it is so hard to find out who to vote for the center position as an All-Star. It is pretty clear that the NBA does not have plenty of All-Star caliber centers but the NBA does have superstar players as power forwards and playing center position on their team. For example, Tim Duncan is a power forward for the San Antonio Spurs but he has been playing center for the last 5 years. It reduces the chances of him to be selected as an All-Star between too many power and small forwards. I think it is not a big issue for Tim Duncan( he already has 13 All-Star appearances) but for most of the players it is going to be a barrier for selection. More examples can be given for the situation like Kevin Garnett in Boston and Chris Bosh in Miami.

The NBA decided to combine forwards and centers and let supporters select three frontcourt players for the upcoming All-Star ballot. It will be better for the forwards because they will have one more spot to be selected but it may also cause problems in the future. We may have All-Star teams without a center for upcoming years. It can be discussed in the topic of change in basketball. In today`s basketball, it is more important to keep control of the ball. Rather than having a player with just defending abilities, more versatile players are more preferred. In the past Dikembe Mutombo was named as one of the big centers in the NBA but if he was a rookie this year, he probably would not get an extension and play for European teams for the rest of his career.

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