The NBA will be getting rid of the Center position on its All Star ballot for the first time in history. Typically, there are two back court players, two front court players, and a center. This year, however, there will be three front court players.
"It makes sense," Stu Jackson of VP Basketball Operations said. "It made sense to our Competition Committee. Having a center is the only specific position that was singled out on the ballot. It just seemed a little outdated and didn't represent the way our game has evolved. By the same token, it also affords the same opportunity, if you have two good centers in a given year, pick 'em both. They both can be selected. Which is impossible right now."
With the game evolving to more and more small ball and players playing in non-traditional roles, the change was much needed. Shane Battier, for example, is the starting power forward for the Miami Heat.
"It was something that we originally thought made some sense, but we didn't want to make a decision in a vacuum, of course," Jackson said. "We ran it by the Competition Committee and they thought the idea made some sense ... it gives the fans some flexibility while keeping competitive balance."