Let the unfortunate overlooking of Kyle Lowry begin.
Today fans can start voting for the NBA All-Star Game starters. As always, fan votes from around the globe determine the five starters for each team, then coach’s votes round out the roster. (Hopefully they don’t ignore Lowry.)
What has changed this year is the ballot will have the name of every NBA player on it. In past years a select media panel would have to pick names that fans could choose from and while there were 120 players on the ballot (60 from each conference) there were always complaints about No. 61 getting left off after a fast start to the season. No more. Fans can vote for anyone they want, so if you think Quincy Acy deserves a vote you can do it.
There are a lot of ways to vote:
• There is the online ballot at NBA.com.
• You can vote for on twitter, just in your tweet (or retweet) make sure to put the player’s first and last names, as well as the hashtag #NBABallot.
• You can vote on Facebook by just making a post on your personal account, again just make sure to include the player’s first and last names as well as the hashtag #NBABallot.
• Fans can vote on Instagram by posting an original photo, using #NBABallot and the player’s first and last name in the caption.
• Or you can just text in your vote. Simply text the player’s last name to 6-9-6-2-2 (“MYNBA”).
• Finally you can vote through the NBA Game Time app on your phone.
You can vote from now through Jan. 19. Officially the starters will be announced live on TNT on Thursday, Jan. 22, although frankly we’ll have a pretty good idea who they will be before then.
The All-Star Game and weekend of activities comes to New York this year. The Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 13 and All-Star Saturday Night events — including the dunk contest — on Saturday, Feb. 14 will both take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The NBA All-Star Game will take place Sunday, Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden.