All-Star voting tweaked to avoid bias towards big names

Starting with the 2017 contest in New Orleans, the National Basketball Association will combine fan voting with ballots cast by players and media members to determine the Eastern and Western starters.

NBA All-Star Voting 2017 is presented by Verizon, and will tip off at 4 p.m. United Kingdom time on Dec 25 before an exciting lineup of five Christmas Day matchups on BT Sport.

Players and a panel of media members, who are allowed just one ballot each, will account for the other half. The All-Star ballot features three frontcourt starter slots, as well as, two backcourt starter slots from the Western and Eastern Conference divisions.

Fans can submit one ballot each day through NBA.com, the NBA App, Twitter, Facebook and Google Search.

THE NBA introduced a new way of selecting the starters for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. All current players will be available for selection.

For Facebook and Twitter, fans can use the hashtag #NBAVOTE plus the player's full name or handle.

For the first time ever, media members and players themselves will have a voice in who makes up each conference's starting lineup.

The change comes a year after Mavericks center Zaza Pachulia came 15,000 votes from being voted an All-Star starter.

Voting opens on Christmas Day and will run through January 16th. Voting will conclude on Monday, Jan. 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Star reserves, which are selected by National Basketball Association head coaches, will be announced on January 26.

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