NBA All-Star Game: Fans get a couple answers wrong in voting

COMMENTARY — Tim Duncan, not Dwight Howard, should be starting as Western Conference center, and Tyson Chandler should be starting at center for the Eastern Conference, Kevin Garnett.
BY JOHN ROHDE Modified: January 19, 2013 at 10:37 pm •  Published: January 19, 2013
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photo - San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) reacts after making a basket against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in San Antonio. The Spurs won 95-88. (AP Photo/Bahram Mark Sobhani) ORG XMIT: TXMS106
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) reacts after making a basket against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in San Antonio. The Spurs won 95-88. (AP Photo/Bahram Mark Sobhani) ORG XMIT: TXMS106

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 It just seemed a little outdated and didn't represent the way our game has evolved.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.


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