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The NBA on Thursday introduced fan voting for 2021 NBA All-Star honors. (Given the COVID-19 pandemic, it isn’t yet clear whether there will be an actual midseason game, as there usually is.)
Voting began on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. Central and runs through Tuesday, Feb. 16. “Discussions surrounding a potential All-Star Game are ongoing,” the NBA says in its press release.
From the league’s official announcement:
Fans may submit one full ballot each day via the NBA App and NBA.com, as well as vote for up to 10 unique players per day on Twitter. All current players are available for selection. Five “2-for-1 Days” will allow fans to have their votes count twice on Jan. 30, Feb. 2, Feb. 4, Feb. 13 and Feb. 16.
NBA players and media will join fans in selecting the All-Star starters. Fans will account for 50 percent of the vote, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25 percent each. Players and media will be able to complete one ballot, featuring three frontcourt players and two guards from both the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.
After all votes are tallied, players will be ranked in each conference by position (guard and frontcourt) within each of the three voting groups — fan votes, player votes, and media votes. Each player’s score will be calculated by averaging his weighted ranks. Fan voting will serve as the tiebreaker for players in a position group with the same score.
Who will be this year’s NBA All-Stars?
— #NBAAllStar (@NBAAllStar) January 28, 2021
For All-Star votes to be properly accepted via Twitter, here are official instructions from the Houston Rockets:
To vote for the NBA All-Star Ballot via Twitter, voters must tweet with #NBAAllStar and include the first and last name of the player that they want to see play in the All-Star game.
Voters can submit a maximum of 10 valid votes per Twitter handle per day. Each of the 10 votes per day must be for a different player in the NBA.
Tweets must include the NBA All Star Ballot hashtag — #NBAAllStar — to be counted as valid votes.
Each tweet must only include a vote for 1 player.
Retweets will count as valid votes.
Valid votes would need to include a player’s first and last name (eg. John Wall or JohnWall).
Houston’s top All-Star candidate would appear to be starting center Christian Wood, who entered Thursday averaging 23.5 points (52.8% FG), 10.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks in 33.6 minutes per game.