Pacers, Warriors have six each on All-Star ballot

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lanceThe Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors each have a league-high six players on the NBA All-Star ballot released Friday.

Indiana’s six are guards George Hill and Lance Stephenson and frontcourt players Paul George, Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert and David West. Granger has yet to play this season due to injury.

Golden State’s six are guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and frontcourt players Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Andre Iguodala and David Lee. Barnes is a sixth man.

There is just one rookie on the ballot, and it’s not Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams. It is Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, who was the preseason choice of many media members for Rookie of the Year but does not start on his own team.

LeBron James unanimous pick for All-NBA Team

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LeBron James trophyLeBron James fell one vote shy of being the unanimous MVP. He had no such issues with the All-NBA Team.

The superstar forward of the Miami Heat was the only unanimous selection to the First Team, announced Thursday by the NBA. He was chosen by all 119 media members, whose voting habits remain somewhat questionable.

Anthony Davis only rookie on NBA All-Star ballot; Rubio included, Lillard, Crawford, Kidd snubbed

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You can vote for Omri Casspi on the NBA All-Star ballot. But you have to write in – or text in – Damian Lillard. 

The NBA released its ballot for the 2013 All-Star Game on Tuesday. Voting began this afternoon.

As it announced earlier, the center position no longer exists on the ballot. There are still 60 players from each conference, but instead of 24 guards, 24 forwards and 12 centers, there are 24 guards and 36 frontcourt players.

However, by our count there are 12 legitimate centers in the Eastern Conference frontcourt section: Andrew Bynum, Tyson Chandler, Samuel Dalembert, Spencer Hawes, Roy Hibbert, Al Horford, Brook Lopez, Greg Monroe, Nene, Joakim Noah, Emeka Okafor and Anderson Varejao.

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NBA removes center position from All-Star ballot

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The NBA has changed the format of its All-Star ballot, removing the center position and splitting players into backcourt and frontcourt categories.

NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson announced the change Wednesday. For the first time, fans will choose two guards and three frontcourt players when selecting starters for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston.

In years past, fans had to vote for two guards, two forwards and a center. Jackson said the change was made to reflect the game’s changes, which has seen the disappearance of the dominant center over the past decade and an emphasis on smaller, quicker lineups.

“The NBA’s competition committee and the league office agreed that having the center position as the only specific position singled out on the ballot was outdated and not representative of today’s game or players,” Jackson said in a statement. “Our players have become more versatile each season, and this ballot will more accurately reflect that versatility.”

Centers such as Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum now will be listed as frontcourt players. So will forwards such as Chris Bosh, who will spend the majority of his minutes this season as a de facto center for the Miami Heat.

UPDATE: According to a league spokesman, coaches will have the same flexibility in selecting reserves.

Previously, coaches – in addition to not selecting any of their own players – were required to choose two guards, two forwards, a center and two players regardless of position. Now they will choose two guards, three frontcourt players and two other players.