NBA to remove the center position from All-Star ballot
By Dave Hilts
The NBAhas decided to remove the center position from this season’s All-Star game ballot. Voters will now get to vote for three front-court players, opposed to two and a definite center. This decision has been made based on the lack of true centers in the NBA today.
Current NBA exectutive, Stu Jackson on the decision:
“It makes sense. 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 It just seemed a little outdated and didn’t represent the way our game has evolved.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.”
It seems fitting that the reasoning behind the plan actually endorses the idea of two centers being able to be voted into the All-Star game’s starting line-up, as this certainly will almost never be the case. The position has struggled to gain any star power, aside from a few (Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum), within the last decade or so.
It seems as this decision embraces the idea of leaving the post-game behind, as the game evolves to more wing players and prolific ball-handlers. We have seen undersized athletes play the center position successfully for the past decade, and even now, undersized athletes have been fitted into the power forward position.
It appears as if the NBA is behind the idea of making the game as fast and athletic as possible.