Adam Silver supports expanding All-Star rosters
Adam Silver didn’t want to choose between DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Lillard.
Silver was asked about increasing All-Star rosters from their current 12 per conference to 13 or even 15.Silver on ESPN Radio:
I think that’s something that will get very strong consideration.
I think that’s an issue that I’m sure we’ll end up discussing with the Players Association. It has a direct impact on many of the player’s bonuses. There’s preset bonuses in their contracts for making the All-Star team.
I think counter-balancing that is the issue of playing time. Rod Thorn and I were having this discussion yesterday. We said we should move to Calipari’s platoon system for All-Star just to make sure that everyone gets playing time.
But in all seriousness, that’s one of the concerns with a larger team. We want to make sure guys get minutes as well if they’re All-Stars.
But I’m in favor of expanding it. I’m not sure by whether it’s one or two, but it is something I’m sure Michele Roberts and I will discuss.
Increasing All-Star roster sizes is a good idea.
The number of NBA teams (blue) has increased faster than the number of All-Star roster spots between both conferences (orange):
Fewer All-Stars per NBA team than ever.
Not counting the additional honor created by injury replacements, there are 0.8 All-Stars per NBA team now – less than a third of the 1961 high of 2.75.
Increasing the All-Star rosters to 13 players, which would match the size of regular-season rosters, would give the league .87 All-Stars per NBA team. That’s about where the NBA was in the first half of the 1990s.
So, 13-man All-Star rosters wouldn’t be much of a shakeup. Rather, they’d honor two players who probably deserve it.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement allows the NBA to unilaterally change the All-Star roster sizes, so if Silver really wants to do this, he could without consulting Michele Roberts. But as he mentioned, some players have All-Star bonuses in their contracts. Owners won’t want to just pay extra money. So, Silver is surely looking for a concession on Roberts’ side – even if the commissioner believes this is a good idea anyway.
Because he says he does, it’s hard to see this not happening eventually.