Last October, the league agreed to eliminate the center position on the official All-Star Game ballot. The NBA did this because voting would be more in line with the evolution of the game, which has resulted in fewer true post player.
“It makes sense,” said Stu Jackson, the league's vice president of basketball operations, said of the balloting change. “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 It just seemed a little outdated and didn't represent the way our game has evolved.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.”
Fan voting is closed. Now it's up the NBA coaches, who have until 11 a.m. Wednesday to vote for seven conference reserves in order of preference, but they cannot vote for their own players.