NBA All-Star Voting System Must Be Broken

January 2nd, 2010 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »
Just in time for New Year’s Eve, the NBA released its most up-to-date 2010 All-Star voting results .  And I’d like to think the results were a surprise.  But sadly, they were not.

For the most part, the NBA has the concept of fans voting for the starting All-Stars nailed down pretty well.  Usually the best guards, forwards, and centers do get the most votes.  Fans usually do get to see the players they like the best in the All-Star game.

The leading vote-getters are presently Kobe Bryant with 1,606,032 in the West and LeBron James with 1,579,530 in the East.  Both are deserving and expected.

But the system has some big holes that should be easy to avoid.

The 120 NBA players who end up on the All-Star ballot, while far too numerous, are selected by a panel of media who should be able to do a credible job. 

Even The Toronto Star’s Doug Smith sits on this panel.  He’s got to know something by now, doesn’t he?  (Of course he does!)

The only rules that the NBA discusses are:

voters get to choose two guards; two forwards; and a cente ...

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