The leaves are changing, there's a chill in the air, and it's that special time of year: open season on NBA All-Star ballots! This past Friday, the NBA unveiled the ballot for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.
Fans and nominated players alike will be thrilled to learn about the variety of ways in which the NBA is encouraging people to vote, as well as the decision to stick to the 2013 format of backcourt/frontcourt player denominations. As if fans needed anymore of a reason to vote, the NBA is offering a chance to win a trip to NBA All-Star Game 2014!
Who's on the Ballot?
So you can't pick just anyone, (well you can, as long as they're on the ballot), but what I mean is you can't just pick five centers, or all guards. The format for voting is that each fan must choose three front court players from each conference, and two guards from each conference. For math whizzes out there that's a total of 10 players, five starters from each team.
The ballot has 24 backcourt and 36 frontcourt players from each (Eastern and Western) conference (120 total) and every NBA team has been represented with at least three players on the ballot.
NBA All-Star Game's 2014 ballot features many familiar names including perennial all-stars Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Steve Nash, Paul Pierce, and Carmelo Anthony among others. With the voting for starters historically coming down to the wire, there's no telling who will make the starting roster at the 2014 game.
How to Vote
The NBA is making it easier than ever for fans to cast their votes, and are really encouraging multiple voting for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game. There are currently six different ways to place your vote:
1. Mobile App
The NBA's mobile app NBA Game Time App, or NBA Game Time from Sprint App.
2.3 4. #NBABallot
Get on your preferred social network of choice: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or all three and vote daily. Across all networks fans can vote on each for 10 unique players daily.
Facebook: fans can comment on an official league, team or international NBA All-Star Facebook Page by commenting below the post with the hashtag and the player's first and last name.
Twitter: the tweet should include the hashtag along with the player's first and last name.
Instagram: fans must post an original picture along with the player's first name, last name and hashtag in the photo caption.
One of the most traditional ways to cast your ballot is via the NBA's official NBA All-Star Game 2014 voting site (complete with countdown‚Äî62 days left from the day this article is written!) Fans simply have to create an account or sign in with their NBA account information and they can vote once daily for their 10 starters.
6. Text it in
Simply text the player's last name to MYNBA (69622) to cast your vote. Easy!
See the Starters in Person
Starters will be announced live on Jan. 23rd so it's not too early to begin voting. It's also not too early to reserve your seat at the 2014 NBA All-Star Game. February is right around the corner and getting access to this highly anticipated weekend will be harder than you can imagine.
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Which nominee do you hope to see earn a starting spot at the 2014 NBA All-Star Game? Which returning all-star do you think will make it back again? What would be your dream matchup at next year's game? Let us know in the comments below!