The NBA has announced changes made to the All-star voting system. The fans no longer hold all the power. Select media members and NBA players will also be allowed to vote for the starters this season. The media members will make up 25% of the vote, as will the players in order to match the 50% that comes from the fans. Players are allowed to vote for themselves or teammates if wanted. Both players and media members will remain anonymous. Will this have much of an effect on who we see in the All-star game though?
This change helps make the All-Star game less of a popularity contest. Of course we will still see players like Lebron James and Russel Westbrook. But because NBA players and media members who follow basketball are allowed to vote it changes things. We may see players such as Kemba Walker, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Kevin Love make it to the All-Star game. This really allows the NBA to shine a light on players who are really improving and playing well. Averaging 24.8 points, 4.2 assist, and 6.7 rebounds, as well as carrying the team on his back, Jimmy Butler should have no problem making into the All-Star game this year. This would be his second time playing in the game.