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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 players.
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 votes.
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.

EAST
GUARDS Fans Players Media SCORE
Kyrie Irving 1+1 1 3 1,5
DeMar DeRozan 3+3 3 2 2,75
Isaiah Thomas 4+4 2 1 2,75
Dwyane Wade 2+2 6 6 4
Kyle Lowry 5+5 5 4 4,75
John Wall 7+7 4 5 5,75
Derrick Rose 6+6 9 8 7,25
Kemba Walker 9+9 7 6 7,75
Avery Bradley 10+10 12 8 10
Bradley Beal 14+14 8 8 11

EAST
FRONTCOURT Fans Players Media SCORE
LeBron James 1+1 1 1 1
Giannis Antetokounmpo 2+2 2 2 2
Jimmy Butler 5+5 3 3 4
Joel Embiid 3+3 8 5 4,75
Kevin Love 4+4 7 4 4,75
Kristaps Porzingis 7+7 5 6 6,25
Paul George 8+8 4 8 7
Carmelo Anthony 6+6 6 12 7,5
Jabari Parker 10+10 10 12 10,5
Hassan Whiteside 11+11 14 8 11

 

WEST
GUARDS Fans Players Media SCORE
Stephen Curry 1+1 3 3 2
James Harden 2+2 2 2 2
Russell Westbrook 3+3 1 1 2
Klay Thompson 4+4 8 4 5
Chris Paul 5+5 6 4 5
Damian Lillard 8+8 4 6 6,5
Eric Gordon 7+7 15 6 8,75
CJ McCollum 16+16 5 6 10,75
Andre Iguodala 9+9 22 6 11,5
Manu Ginobili 10+10 20 6 11,5

WEST
FRONTCOURT Fans Players Media SCORE
Kevin Durant 1+1 1 1 1
Kawhi Leonard 3+3 2 2 2,5
Anthony Davis 4+4 3 3 3,5
DeMarcus Cousins 6+6 4 4 5,0
Draymond Green 5+5 9 6 6,25
Zaza Pachulia 2+2 12 10 6,5
Marc Gasol 10+10 5 5 7,5
Karl-Anthony Towns 7+7 10 7 7,75
LaMarcus Aldridge 8+8 6 10 8
DeAndre Jordan 11+11 7 8 9,25


Fan campaigns (see Zaza Pachulia or Jordan Clarkson) had no impact in the real NBA All-Star Game starting lineups this season.

Tiebreakers?

What happens if the second and third guard finish with the same total score?
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: