Reforming the All-Star Ballot

John Hollinger (insider-only) talks to Spurs GM R.C. Buford, and about the NBA ballot:

Buford mentioned that the Spurs, like a lot of teams, essentially play a point guard, two wings and two bigs, and have little differentiation between the wing spots or the frontcourt spots.

Which got me thinking: Why doesn’t the All-Star ballot reflect the reality of how most teams currently operate?

Wouldn’t it make more sense to have fans select one point guard, two wings and two bigs, and then for coaches to choose the reserves based on those same position descriptors?

Yes, it would definitely make sense.

Here’s my starting line-up in the revised system:
West–
Point: Nash
Wings: Kobe, Iverson
Bigs: Duncan, Boozer

East–
Point: Kidd (it’s unfortunate for the sake of this game that the four best PGs in the league all play in the West. Chris Paul should be given to the East for the sake of parity.)
Wings: Lebron, Wade (despite the hobbling, mostly because I can’t allow myself to pick Richard Jefferson.)
Bigs: KG, Dwight Howard

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6 Responses to “Reforming the All-Star Ballot”

  1. Pat Says:

    chris paul deserves to be an all start starter more than iverson.

  2. sloan Says:

    agreed. you could make a case for him over nash too. but he’s a point guard.

  3. sloan Says:

    so you can’t slot him as a “wing.”

  4. Pat Says:

    Well i guess that shows that they should start a couple of guards, a couple forwards and a center….isn’t that how they do it now?

    I mean in any given year because of the way positions shake out someone is going to be left out of the starting lineup, unless theres a perfect balance of players at each position or something.

  5. sloan Says:

    Yeah, but Hollinger’s point is that most NBA teams are set up like PG, two wings, two bigs. It doesn’t make sense to play two points at the same time. No matter how good your PGs are, playing Chris Paul and Steve Nash at the same time won’t be that great for you.

    The current system—with the antiquated “center” position (look at the stones, they rarely play a “true center”)—doesn’t reflect how the NBA is really played anymore. Nothing is perfect, but the revision would be better.

  6. Pat Says:

    Hmmm….but doesn’t the fact that there is a dearth of centers only make centers more special and more deserving of an all-star starting spot?

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