ALL-STAR GAME VOTING
For the first 24 NBA All-Star Games, i.e., from 1951 until 1974, a panel of sport writers and sport casters was responsible for choosing each Conference’s starting five and the three bench players. In 1975, NBA All-Star fan voting was introduced.
Starting in the 2016–2017 season, for the very first time NBA players and media joined fans in selecting starting lineups. Fans account for 50% percent of the vote, while all current NBA players and a panel of basketball media account for 25% each.
After all votes are tallied, players will be ranked in each conference by position within each of the three voting groups – fan, players and media votes. Each player’s score is calculated by averaging his weighted rank from the fan, players and media votes. The five players (two guards and three frontcourt players) with the best score in each Conference will be named NBA All-Star Game Starters.
First, the ten starters (five per conference) are elected by fans (50% of the votes), players and media representatives (25% of the votes each). Two guards and three front court players will be elected for each conference. After the election, the 30 head coaches of the NBA clubs will select seven players from each conference (five of them on the five positions, two more position-independent) so that a total of 24 players will participate in the event. This procedure shall prevent that only popular players can participate in the NBA All-Star Game and less popular, but possibly better players, would be excluded.
Since 1951, the NBA’s All-Star game has been a contest between the Eastern and Western Conference. As from 2018, there is a new mode: Two captains select their fellow team players – regardless of whether they play in the Eastern or West Conference.
However, the basic selection of the 24 players in the All-Star Game has not change much: the ten starters are still selected by fans, current players and journalists, while the 14 additional players are determined by the head coaches of the NBA clubs.
In an alternating election procedure, the captains then have the responsibility to put together a team from the entire pool of players, regardless of position and conference. Captains are the two starters who got the most votes in their conferences.
What happens if the second and third guard finish with the same total score?
In that scenario fan vote would be the tiebreaker.
Did you know that players may vote for themselves or their teammates?
In 2017, 324 players participated with their votes (the league as a whole has about 450 players) and it is pretty obvious that some of them voted for themselves or joked with their teammates.
HOW ARE THE NBA ALL-STAR GAME RESERVES Selected
This content is from December 2010. In the end, Blake Griffin got a spot on the NBA All-Star Game and Kevin Love was selected as a replacement for injured Yao Ming
The “popularity contest” of the fan ballot determines the starting fives. Fans have about two months between November and January to pick their favorite players.
Later it’s the NBA coaches job to complete both rosters. Each coach has to pick seven players (2 guards, 2 forwards, 1 center and 2 additional players regardless of the position) from his own Conference. Coaches cannot choose their own team players. If a player is injured (starter or not), the NBA office selects players as replacement players.
Every season, there are some players making great stats in weak teams (non-playoffs and/or under .500 teams) who have a very small chance to make the All-Star Teams, or at least that’s the feeling we have based on past votings.
Nobody doubts that players like Blake Griffin or Kevin Love making such amazing stats would be an easy pick for in the All-Star Teams if they were playing in Boston or LA. That is, we were thinking, which kind of players have been selected in the last 25 years? The best we could do was to look at the history of the players chosen as a reserve in the last 25 seasons (1985–2010)
- Total Players chosen: 372
- Players from teams under .500 victories: 65 (17% of total players)
- Players from non-playoffs teams: 55 (15% of total players)
20% of the players (73 out of 372) chosen after the fan ballot was released played on teams under .500 victories or not in the Playoffs. That’s more players than what we anticipated before looking at the numbers. As depicted in the charts above, the trend was to select more of those players in the last 10 years. In fact, the numbers are more significant for the injury replacements (40%, 15 out of 37 players), i.e.,, it seems that the NBA prefers to reward players having great seasons, while the coaches prefer to reward good teams:
- Total injury replacements: 37
- Players from teams under .500 victories: 13 (35% of total players)
- Players from non-playoffs teams: 12 (32% of total players)
Zydrunas Ilgauskas in 2003 was the player with the worst team record of the last 25 years to be chosen as an NBA All-Star Game reserve. Cleveland Cavaliers had 9 wins and 38 losses (.191) per January 31, 2003.
2018 Voting Results
See the full 2018 ballot for all the voting results and background relating to the 67th NBA All-Star Game that was played at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.
Under the new format, two captains, LeBron James and Stephen Curry, drafted the 2018 All-Star Teams from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves, making the selections without considering the conference affiliation.
The captains were the All-Star Starter from each conference who received the most fan votes in the respective conference. The new system will enable players from each conference to play against each other and will allow current team mates to face off.
S = Starter, R = Reserve