With under 10 percent of the season played, the NBA has opened up voting for the All Star Game. That doesn't make much sense to me, but apparently it makes sense to them. They have released the ballots and a variety of ways that you can vote for the starting lineups up until January 14th. On the ballot, you will find three members of the Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao, and....Omri Casspi. Yes, Omri Casspi. I don't get it either.
You may or may not have heard that they changed the voting for the ASG this year in that you now vote for three "frontcourt players" instead of 2 forwards and 1 center. If you were still required to vote in a center, I think Varejao would be a good bet to represent the Eastern Conference right now. I think Kyrie Irving has a pretty good shot at being one of the starting guards for the East as well. Omri Casspi probably has no shot.
If you want to vote for Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters, or any other member of the Cavaliers -- you'll have to write them in. Lame.
Here's the release from NBA.com on how to vote and such. Here's the link to vote online, let's make sure we get Kyrie in the starting lineup.
Twitter voting will allow fans to tweet a vote for one player each day throughout the All-Star balloting period. The tweet must include a player's first and last name, along with hash tag #NBABALLOT. Facebook voting will allow fans to fill out one full ballot (three frontcourt and two guards from each conference) per day, through a custom application on Facebook.
Fans can also access the ballot and vote through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint applications, available on Android and iOS. NBA fans can fill out one full ballot (three frontcourt and two guards from each conference) per day, through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint application, the most comprehensive app in the marketplace for NBA fans.
There are several other ways fans can cast their votes as part of this season's all-digital program including: in 11 languages on NBA.com/ASB, through SMS voting by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting NBA.com/ASB on any wireless device. Fans can vote for 10 different players per day, per phone number, via SMS voting by sending 10 separate SMS messages, each one with a different player's last name. Message and data rates may apply.
After submitting their All-Star selections, fans will have the ability to share them with their friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter, and encourage others to cast their ballots.
Balloting will conclude on Jan. 14, and starters will be announced live on TNT on Jan. 17, during a special one-hour pregame show at 7 p.m. ET featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith. The special will air prior to TNT's exclusive doubleheader featuring the Los Angeles Clippers at the Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET) and the Miami Heat at the Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET).