It's Time to Fix The NBA All-Star Voting and Here's How

Greg EspositoContributor IIDecember 31, 2009

HOUSTON - FEBRUARY 18: Tracy McGrady #1 of the West Team smiles at the 2006 NBA All-Star Game during NBA All-Star Weekend at the Toyota Center on February 19, 2006 in Houston, Texas. The East defeated the West 122-120. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The NBA released the third round of All-Star votes today with one major surprise. Tracy McGrady trails only Kobe Bryant among guards in the West. The same Tracy McGrady, who has been granted a leave of absence from the Houston Rockets and is currently demanding to be traded.

We all know that the All-Star Game doesn’t mean anything and is a glorified exhibition game–unless you live in a Bud Selig-governed World–but it shouldn’t be a complete joke. That’s what Tracy McGrady supporters are doing this year and others have done in the past.

The game may be for the fans, but in this league, and in others, they shouldn’t be the sole voice of reason. There needs to be reform to the All-Star voting process and it needs to look something like this.

  • Split the Vote:
  • Online Only and No positions
  • Rules About Eligible Players
  • Let The Fans Vote For Coaches
  • Implement A “Final Player” Vote
  • There Will Be A “No Stats All-Star Game”
  • Commissioner Addition

If the league can implement even a few of these changes, the league can ensure that there will no longer be crazy things like Tracy McGrady being ahead of Steve Nash  in voting. It also will make the game a little more interesting.