NBA All-Star voting is changing, and that could be good news for Wizards stars John Wall and Bradley Beal.
The league announced that All-Star voting would no longer be exclusively by fans. While fans will still account for 50 percent of the vote, 25 percent will go to current players and the other 25 percent to media members.
Here's how player and media voting will work, according to the NBA press release.
Players and media will be able to complete one full ballot, featuring three frontcourt players and two guards from both the Eastern and Western Conference. Players may vote for their teammates or themselves.
The move should help temper the popularity contest phenomenon, which can give players with higher Q ratings a roster spot over others who may deserve it more. Though a different kind of popularity contest is at play among players voting for themselves and their peers.
Even in the unlikely scenario that most players just voted for themselves and favorite teammates, fan and media votes should ensure a somewhat objective outcome.
These changes ahead of 2017 All-Star Weekend could end up benefiting players like Wall and Beal, who are having great seasons but can't get as many eyeballs guards like Kyrie Irving.
First off, Cavs players will benefit from 25 nationally televised games, while fans outside of Washington will only see the Wizards on national TV five times. Then there's marketing money.
That Irving has his own Nike shoe and appears in lots of commercials doesn't necessarily make him better than other players, but he's certainly more visible.
Writers and fellow players, in theory, could provide a better informed opinion of where the league's real quality lies, regardless of TV reach or marketing budget.
Increased objectivity is good news for Wall, who's putting up career numbers. He's averaging 23.7 points, 9.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds in the first 25 games of the year. But he's already been an All-Star three times.
The change could make a bigger difference for Beal, who's never made an All-Star team but is currently 6th in points per game among Eastern Conference guards and trending upwards.
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