So the NBA has decided to do away with the center position in the all-star fan balloting. The ballot is now going to consist of three frontcourt players and two backcourt players.
That's smart. For one thing, it solves the Tim Duncan conundrum. Tim Duncan is always listed as a power forward but this was really the Spurs' worst kept secret. He really starts at the 5 spot.
Also, most of the players that have played power forward for most of their NBA careers are now playing center because of the NBA evolving into a lot more "small ball" play. As you've also probably noticed, there are really hardly any real quality centers these days. There's Andrew Bynum. There's Roy Hibbert. There's Dwight Howard. After that, there really aren't very many. It's not like in the mid-90s when the NBA was ruled by giants like Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Brad Daugherty, Dikembe Mutombo, and Shaquille O'Neal.
So now that there are three frontcourt players to be voted in, snubs will be less likely (there will always be snubs) because someone who's masquerading at a certain frontcourt position will less likely take another player's spot who may be deserving of it.
The official ballot comes out on November 13, 2012. The All-Star Game happens in Houston on February 17, 2013.
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