Thinking Man's Guide to Last-Minute All-Star Voting

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Thinking Man's Guide to Last-Minute All-Star Voting
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It's your civic duty as a basketball fan.

With the clock ticking toward the January 14, 11:59 p.m. ET, deadline, time is running out for basketball fans to select the starters of the world's biggest pickup game.

Filling out an All-Star ballot is a duty, not a right.

For starters, it's the only way to hold a viable complaint when the starters are announced on January 17. 

Fans have historically shown one truth in All-Star voting: They'll pick an undeserving candidate. Nature of the beast, more than anything.

But without casting a ballot for the "right" choice, there's no room to bemoan your fellow brethren's selection of the "wrong" one.

This is also the one true chance for fans to reward the most deserving players with a tip-of-the-cap ballot. Players undergo tremendous wear and tear on their bodies for our viewing pleasure, and all that they ask for in return (from the fans, that is) is a knowledgeable, well thought out All-Star vote.

This shouldn't simply be a popularity contest, nor should it be a race to see how many times you can vote for undeserving players from your favorite team.

Do the work, understand the process and then you can fully enjoy all the intricacies of All-Star Weekend, all the while comfortably criticizing the selections of your fellow fans.

*All statistics used in this article are accurate as of 1/13/2013.

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