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Players, Media Join NBA All-Star Voting

Players and select media members will now play a role in determining NBA All-Star starters.

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In an overdue changeup, NBA players and media members will be able to weigh in on NBA All-Star voting. The change goes into effect this season and will play a part in determining which players are headed to New Orleans in February. Per ESPN’s Marc Stein:

Fans will continue to account for 50 percent of the vote total for All-Star starters, with players and a panel of media members accounting for 25 percent each.

All-Star voting is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET on Christmas Day, before the league's annual holiday slate of five games. The All-Star Game is Feb. 19 in New Orleans.

Players and select media members will be eligible to complete one full ballot each, with players indeed able to vote for teammates or themselves if they wish.

The hope is that players who are performing at an All-Star level will have a better chance of making it over players with big names and bigger fan bases—to a degree, balancing merit with market.

Of course, fans will vote same as always, and can submit daily ballots on, the NBA app, Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc, starting on the morning of December 25.