Given that the new provision on the polling for this year’s ASG includes being able to vote for oneself and/or teammates, this was and is bound to happen again and again until it gets fixed.
The All-NBA defender went on Periscope and, clearly not caring about who gets picked in the Eastern Conference, picked the likes of Luke Babbitt, Mo Williams, and Michael Beasley, all reserves that hardly get any consistent playing time.
— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) January 9, 2017
Here are his picks:
This can be easily avoided by making a change and not allowing players to vote for themselves or their own teammates — as a 25 percent vote between 450 total players can still have a decent impact on who comes out a starter.
An All-Star nod is more important now than it ever has been, given how a player can potentially get a max contract by being an All-Star starter or making one of the three All-NBA teams.