The NBA has decided to take away the center position from the All-Star ballot now instead allowing for fans to vote for three frontcourt players and two guards.
“It makes sense,” VP of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson said. “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 It just seemed a little outdated and didn’t represent the way our game has evolved.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.”
This is a good move by the league that makes sense to implement right now. The game is evolving to an extent where the center position is almost outdated some. A lot of teams don’t sport a true center and go smaller with essentially power forwards as their fives.
We are seeing the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, the class of the Eastern Conference, deciding to start Chris Bosh and Kevin Garnett at center this coming season, both once considered perimeter-oriented power forwards. Players like Roy Hibbert or Marc Gasol may have a tougher time now making it to the game but overall, what it will do is ensure those players with the most votes make it and give fans exactly what they want.
The worst-case scenario would be something like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Josh Smith all starting in the East with no center or real power forward.
The 2013 All-Star ballot will be out Nov. 13. The All-Star Game will be Feb. 17 in Houston, Texas this year.