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Changing the NBA All-Star Game format

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    The NBA All Star game is unique in that the fans vote and pick the starting lineup. 5 from the East, and 5 from the West. Problem is, if these guys are supposed to represent the best of their respective conferences, how come every year there are blatant snubs? Guys with better stats routinely get usurped by players that fans 'feel' are better, many times just because of big name value, and not really off of legit season results.

    The gripe about the All Star voting is that it turns the all star game into a popularity contest, instead of being representative of the best of the best. Do you think the format should be changed? Should fans really be in charge of making the lineup? What about the not-so-popular talents that miss out every year because they aren't flashy? If the format isn't ever going to change, I at least would like for them to change the name of the game to something more representational, like 'NBA Fan Favorites'.. or something like that. Thoughts?

    How could they make it better? Maybe they could just show the stats on the voting ballot instead of the names? Of course folks could still figure out with some research who's who, but at least it would force fans to realize that some of their 'favorites' aren't necessarily having the most all star caliber of years.
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    It's flawed, no doubt. But, stats don't tell all. If it were that easy, I would say sure. Have the guys with the best stats in the game, out of their respective positions. But other things that stats just don't do justice come into play during the game. Like presence. Having Lebron on the court changes the way opposing teams guard. It just does. That makes him all star worthy, or at least gives him a tally in that direction. Other times, yes, it's more corrupt and wrong. Certain players just won't draw the same kind of crowds, and therefore are less desirable to vote for. I would ultimately leave as is. It's not perfect, but at least it's voted on by the fans, making the audience the deciding factor, instead of a computer or a panel of 'experts'.
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    I am not a huge fan of how the teams are selected, either. I don't have a problem with fans being able to pick one or two players for each team, but the entire roster means that it turns more into a popularity contest instead of rewarding the best of the best.
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    joetemple Wrote: How could they make it better? Maybe they could just show the stats on the voting ballot instead of the names? Of course folks could still figure out with some research who's who, but at least it would force fans to realize that some of their 'favorites' aren't necessarily having the most all star caliber of years.
    It'd be interesting if the coach was able to pick his roster with maybe allowing the public to pick a few backup players. I'd like that set up even more if the coaches were former star players or coaches and not current coaches like it is now.
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    Maybe I'm the only one that thinks it's perfectly good, as is. Fans should have even more say in sports, in my opinion. For better or worse, without the fans, their would be no game. The more we can get fans involved, the better I think. Interactive over passive.