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NBA-All-Star voting tweaked to avoid bias towards big names


12-20-2016 16:01 BJT

Things are going to be a bit different in the NBA All-Star voting process for the 2017 edition in New Orleans. The league has made some changes that seem an attempt to focus more on current performance than on reputation.

Players were previously chosen entirely by fans, a situation that last season, for example, led to the selection of veteran Dwyane Wade, even though by his own high standards he was having a relatively mediocre season for the Miami Heat.

This season, fans will represent 50 percent of the vote, players 25 percent, and the media 25 percent, according to the NBA.

The All-Star Game will be played in New Orleans on February 19th after being originally scheduled for All-Star weekend was originally scheduled for Charlotte, North Carolina, but was moved by the NBA in response to that state's controversial legislation forcing transgender people to use public restrooms matching their gender assigned at birth.

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