HOW ARE THE NBA ALL-STAR GAME STARTERS SELECTED?
A little background history first.
For the first 24 NBA All-Star Games, a panel of sportwriters/sportcasters
were responsible for choosing each Conference starting five and three bench
You can see a few examples on this NBA Ballot History Table.
In 1975, NBA All-Star fan voting was introduced.
This season, 2016-2017, for the very first time NBA players and media join fans in selecting starting lineups. Fans account for 50 percent of the vote, while all current NBA players and a panel of basketball media account for 25 percent each. NBA players and media completed a full ballot (3 frontcourt players + 2 guards from both Conferences).
After all votes were tallied, players were ranked in each conference by
position within each of the three voting groups - fan, players and media
Each player's score was calculated by averaging his weighted rank from the fan, players and media votes.
The five players (two guards and three frontcourt players) with the best score in each conference will be named NBA All-Star Game Starters.
With the theory explained, let's see the real numbers. Players in bold would be starters.
What happens if the second and third guard finish with the same total
In that scenario fan vote would be the tiebreaker.
Do you know that players may vote for themselves or their teammates?
324 players participated with their votes (the league as a whole has about 450 players) and it is pretty clear that some of them voted for themselves or joked with their teammates:
Memphis Grizzlies Tony Allen gave us the best example for a NBA player completing a real ballot. Just watch his Periscope video: