Why Removing The Center Position From The NBA All-Star Ballot Makes Sense

By Steven Resnick
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers

With the NBA only having a few good centers it comes as no surprise that an announcement made today stated that the position will no longer be included on the All-Star ballot. The move makes perfect sense because most teams do not emphasize getting the ball into the low-post to start the offense.

There’s only a handful of centers that even deserve being on the ballot and those are: Dwight HowardAndrew BynumAndrew BogutMarcin Gortat, Roy Hibbert and Marc Gasol. Yet, only Howard and Bynum deserve any votes.

It allows for players who would got snubbed in previous years to make the All-Star roster and now it doesn’t matter what theposition is. Why should a center averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds make the team while a  power forward averaging 20 plus points and 12 rebounds doesn’t?

Another reason the move was necessary is that power forwards are now playing center as teams without size will often use a smaller more athletic lineup. It’s also why a number of players, such as LaMarcus AldridgeDavid LeeDeMarcus Cousins and Tim Duncan, get shown as a power forward/center.

The biggest reason for the fall off in production has been the one-and-done rule and since 2006 when it took effect these are first round picks that left school after either their freshman or sophomore seasons that have failed to make an immediate impact; Patrick O’BryantGreg OdenSpencer Hawes, Robin Lopez, Kosta Koufos and Byron Mullens.

Andre DrummondMeyers Leonard and Fab Melo 2012 first round picks will likely join this list.

In order for the trend to reverse itself big men should get the chance to develop their game in college and wait until after their junior year to declare for the NBA draft.


For more NBA articles please check these out:

Center Position Nearly Obsolete

Change In All-Star Ballot Will Destroy Center Position

Bynum Doubtful For Opener


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