Hoops heads, can you hear that familiar ring?
That's right, civic duty is calling. Balloting for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game is officially open for business.
Fear not, basketball fans, there are no lengthy voting lines in this election. The NBA has granted us our own personal voting booths, with a number of different venues accepting ballots:
NBA All-Star ballot released today. You can vote via text, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Where's my punch-card ballot? Get of my lawn!— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) November 15, 2013
I do enjoy punching out those holes, but the system works better this way.
One, you don't need to waste time looking for a mailbox, an usher or a collection bin to cast your votes. Just a few clicks are needed to make your voices heard. Plus, there's no risk of being that guy—you know, the one who was a little too enthusiastic with his choice and left pen marks on his pants while making his selections.
So which players do you want to see battle it out in the world's greatest pickup game next February? Or who do you want to reward with a free trip to the Big Easy?
You have plenty of options to choose from, some a tad more interesting than others:
All-Star ballot novelties from West: Enes Kanter, Markieff Morris, Derrick Williams, Isaiah Thomas.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) November 15, 2013
All-Star ballot novelties from East: Tobias Harris, Spencer Hawes, Ersan Ilyasova, Thaddeus Young.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) November 15, 2013
Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I'd buy Markieff Morris' All-Star credentials (15.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 26.0 player efficiency rating) a lot sooner than I'd buy Gerald Wallace's (5.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 9.5 PER).
Just my quick thought, but scan the field of nominees for yourself and see what you can find. Better yet, go here and actually start building your dream All-Star rosters.
Which conference will take home the 2014 All-Star crown?
Maybe you're just ready to put a new receiver on the end of Kevin Love's fly routes. (Sorry, Corey Brewer fans, but you'll have to write him in to keep that tandem intact.)
The point is that you have options. Remember, there's no complaining about any All-Star snubs if you didn't take part in the voting process.
Here's a thought—it might sound crazy—why not pick the three frontcourt and two backcourt players from each conference who are most deserving of an All-Star roster spot? Then, race back over here and tell us how you filled out your ballot in the comments section below.
Silent voting has its place in politics, but we can make our voices heard in the sports world. That happens to be one of our specialties, actually.